Israel Hits Gaza With Airstrike As Troubles Simmer

Palestinian medical officials say two people have been wounded by an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses say the men were wounded while traveling in a car in Rafah, a town near the Egyptian border. Their conditions and identities weren’t immediately known.

Monday’s airstrike comes in response to recent rocket attacks on southern Israel. Israel often targets Rafah because it is the site of a brisk smuggling industry.

Israel recently ended a three-week offensive meant to halt rocket attacks on Israel and end weapons smuggling into Gaza.

The Israeli army had no comment on the reported airstrike.

–Associated Press

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The incident shows the continuing and festering troubles that are an ever-present undercurrent in the region…

Israeli’s prime minister threatened “harsh and disproportionate” retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Sunday, wounding three people and raising the risk of fresh violence days ahead of elections.

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