Israeli aircraft strikes in Gaza again, eight wounded

January 29th, 2009 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Gaza, Jan 29 (Xinhua) Eight Palestinians were injured Thursday as an Israeli army aircraft fired a missile in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, medics and witnesses said. The witnesses said that one air-to-ground missile hit a man on a motorcycle in a busy street in the town, seriously wounding the man and seven other people near Nasser Hospital.

Medics at the hospital said the seven were bystanders and children who were returning from school.

Meanwhile, Gaza militants claimed responsibility early Thursday for launching two homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip at southern Israeli towns in the vicinity of the enclave.

Israel has declared a unilateral ceasefire Jan 18, ending 22 days of military assault on the Gaza Strip that left around 1,400 people killed and 5,500 wounded.

The Israeli declaration was followed by a unilateral Gaza militants’ declaration of a one-week ceasefire.

The two rockets were the first to be fired at Israel since the end of the Israeli assault on Gaza, in addition to several mortar shells fired by Islamic groups of Hamas and Jihad at Israeli ground forces in southeast Gaza Strip.

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