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Gaza under fresh Israeli attacks, woman killed

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 5, 2016. ©AFP

A Palestinian woman has been killed when the Gaza Strip came under fire by the Israeli military in yet another act of aggression against the blockaded coastal enclave.

According to reports, the Israeli military’s artillery targeted a checkpoint belonging to al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, in the eastern part of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed that a 54-year-old woman, identified as ana Aytah al-Amur, had lost her life in the Israeli tank fire east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

According to health officials, a Palestinian woman, identified as 21-year-old Khazima al-Farra, was also wounded in an Israeli aerial assault in the al-Rayyan area in eastern Rafah.

The regime’s warplanes also carried out fresh strikes on farmlands east of Rafah. The Israeli military says eight alleged position of Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas has been targeted in the airstrikes since Wednesday.

A Palestinian man inspects a damaged vehicle at his workshop after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, May 5, 2016. ©AFP

The Israeli military said in a statement that Tel Aviv’s forces and fighters of resistance movement Hamas have engaged in direct clashes in southern Gaza, in the first such fighting since Israel’s 2014 war on the Plaestinian strip. 

Meanwhile, Israeli sources said three rockets fired from Gaza have targeted the regime’s armored vehicles stationed east of Gaza’s Rafah border city.

Two rockets from the besieged Palestinian strip also struck an Israeli settler outpost in Eshkol.

Earlier on Thursday, at least four people were injured in Israeli airstrikes against different areas in Gaza.

The airborne assault came hours after Israeli warplanes launched at least five airstrikes against an open area near the Yasser Arafat International Airport in the border town of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

The Ezzedine Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, warned the Israeli regime to stop the attacks.

The Qassam Brigades, accused Israeli forces of encroaching into Gazan territory, voicing readiness to respond.

Islamic Jihad also released a statement warning Tel Aviv against any escalation.

Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian strip from time to time.

In early July 2014, the regime launched a 50-day offensive against Gaza, killing nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, and injuring Over 11,100 others.

The recent flare-up has raised concerns over the fate of an Egypt-brokered truce deal between Hamas and Tel Aviv that put an end to the 2014 Israeli military campaign, and has since been largely holding.

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