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Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:26PM
The site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. (file photo)

The site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. (file photo)

The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas says it has fired 10 Grad rockets at Israel, after Israeli raids claimed the lives of at least six Gazans. "This is our answer to the Zionist crimes. It will continue if they carry out more strikes on Gaza," a Hamas spokesman said. Hamas also confirmed it is the first time it's fired such long-range rockets at Israel since April 2011. This comes on the second consecutive day of airstrikes carried out by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip. Earlier in the day, two Palestinian teens were killed in the city of Deir al-Balah. On Monday, four Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun. Also, during the early hours of Tuesday, suspected extremist Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the West Bank village of Jaba. The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, claiming the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used in violation of international laws, and civilians, including women and children are often killed or injured. US President Barack Obama has recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres, the man who has overseen the massacre of women and children by Israeli forces in Palestine for decades. Obama awarded the 88-year-old criminal the highest civilian honor in the United States during a dinner ceremony in the White House on June 13. SZH/JR/IS
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