Israel launches 12 Gaza airstrikes in one night
A Palestinian man inspects what police said was a chicken coop damaged in a nearby Israeli air strike in the central Gaza Strip (AFP)
Israeli air raids hit the Gaza Strip 12 times overnight, wounding two people after rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday hit an industrial zone in in southern Occupied Palestine, setting a building on fire but without causing casualties, police said.
The strikes late on Saturday and early on Sunday targeted sites across the coastal enclave, slightly wounding two people and damaging property in Gaza City, an interior ministry spokesman in Gaza said.
"There were a total of 12 strikes in two stages," an Israeli army spokesman told AFP, saying the raids targeted several "sites of terrorist activity".
The privately run Israeli Channel 10 television station said the building was a paint factory and that one employee was slightly injured and taken to hospital.
Four other rockets landed in the fields without causing any damage, an army spokesman said.
On Friday, two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed in an Israeli air raid. More air raids took place overnight Friday.
Of four early morning strikes on Gaza, two targeted alleged "sites of terrorist activities" and the others hit arms depots and production facilities, a military spokesman said.
Palestinian medics said the air raids that killed the two men struck near the home of Ismail Haniyeh, the former Hamas premier who stepped down on June 2 when Gaza and the West Bank set up a unity government.
Israel has put Palestinians under intense pressure since the June 12 disappearance of three Israeli teenagers it claims were kidnapped in the West Bank by members of Hamas. Hamas has rejected these accusations, and Israel has yet to show evidence behind its accusations.
At least seven Palestinians have died in the Israeli security crackdown on the West Bank, and hundreds have been arrested.
Troops have also raided some 2,100 buildings in the West Bank, a military spokesman said.