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Israel pounds Gaza Strip, two Palestinians injured

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, July 2, 2016. (AFP)

The Israeli military pounded the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, injuring two Palestinians. 

An Israeli military official claimed that in response to a rocket attack from Gaza, the Israeli air force and tanks targeted two posts of the resistance movement Hamas in the northern part of the besieged Palestinian territory.

The rocket attack targeted the city of Sderot, the military official said.

Witnesses said Israeli aircraft struck civilian targets including a water tank in the area.

The Palestinian Information Center, which is affiliated with Hamas, reported that a Palestinian citizen was injured in the face by shrapnel.

The center quoted local sources as saying that Israeli artillery fire hit an agricultural land in al-Masriyyin neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. It reported that shells also landed in a training ground used by Hamas resistance fighters.

On July 2, the Israeli regime carried out a similar assault on four areas in Gaza.

The Israeli military frequently bombs Gaza. The disproportionate force is always used in violation of international law and civilians are often killed or injured.

In early July 2014, Tel Aviv waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including over 570 children. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war. Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian enclave from time to time.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007 and Israel denies about 1.8 million people in the besieged territory their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, proper job, and adequate healthcare and education.

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