Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills one Palestinian

May 1st, 2008 - 5:56 am ICT by admin  

Gaza City, May 1 (DPA) Israel launched an airstrike on a metal workshop in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah Wednesday afternoon, killing one Palestinian and injuring three, hospital officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the airstrike, saying the target was a weapons warehouse.

Militants from Gaza meanwhile fired at least nine rockets and three mortar shells at Israeli communities near the border with the Strip Wednesday, she said. Several fires were ignited in some of the communities.

The airstrike and rockets come as Palestinian militant factions announced a truce proposal after two days of talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. The truce would involve the Gaza Strip first and the West Bank later.

The proposal calls on Israel to end its military operations in Gaza as well as a more than 10-month blockade on the enclave. The proposal is to be presented to Israel next week.

However, two factions, the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees, expressed reservations.

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