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Three Palestinians injured as Israeli warplane strikes Gaza-Egypt border

This file picture shows an Israeli Air Force F16 fighter jet shortly after takeoff from a military base in the occupied territories.

At least three Palestinians have sustained injuries when the Israeli military carried out an airstrike against an area on the border between Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula and the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources said the aerial attack targeted a position of Hamas resistance movement in the border town of Rafah on Saturday afternoon, leaving two Palestinians injured, Arabic-language Ma’an news agency reported.

The sources added that the injured were transported to Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah to receive medical treatment.

Israeli military aircraft also fired three missiles at the Salahuddin military site in the central Gaza Strip, before pounding an open area near Queen roundabout east of Gaza City.

Additionally, Israeli aerial attacks targeted a Hamas site in the city of Beit Lahia, located about five kilometers north of Gaza City. There were no immediate reports of casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Local sources also told Ma'an that explosions were heard in various areas of the Gaza Strip as Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles flew overhead.

Early on Saturday, Israeli warplanes had carried out a number of airstrikes against the southern part of the Gaza Strip, with no reports of casualties or damage available.

The Israeli military alleged in a statement that the aerial bombardment was in retaliation for a barrage of rockets or mortars launched by Hamas into the occupied Palestinian territories.

It also claimed that Israel’s so-called Iron Dome system managed to intercept five of the launches, but one landed inside a rural settlement in Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council area.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.

In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

Palestinians in Gaza have been rallying every Friday since March 30 as a part of a peaceful campaign known as the Great March of Return. So far, some 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in anti-occupation protests in the Gaza Strip.

A total of 14,811 Palestinians have also sustained injuries, of whom 366 are reportedly in a critical condition.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

On June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Turkish and Algerian-sponsored resolution, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.

The resolution calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,” including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

It also calls for “immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip.”

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