One Dead in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza City

One Dead in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza City

(AFP) An Israeli air strike on Gaza City killed one person and wounded another on Tuesday, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said.

It was the first deadly Israeli air strike since an Egyptian-brokered truce went into force on November 21.

The military confirmed it had carried out a raid but gave no further details.

Witnesses said the man who was killed was a 23-year-old member of a Salafi Islamist group, Haitham al-Mishal.

Over the last two months, there has been an uptick in rocket fire on southern Israel after more than three months of complete quiet following a deadly confrontation in November which ended with the Egyptian-brokered truce deal.

The latest firing was on Monday when a mortar shell struck an open area in southern Israel, a day after an Israeli air strike on southern Gaza. Neither incident caused any injuries.

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would retaliate with great force against any rocket or missile fire on Israeli territory.

According to army statistics, since the start of this year, 16 Gaza rockets have struck Israel, most of them in March.