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Israeli forces kill one Palestinian in Gaza raids

Latest update : 2009-02-09

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun as Israeli warplanes carried out new strikes on the Gaza Strip a day after Hamas fired two rockets into Israel.

AFP - A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli shelling on Monday after warplanes struck the Gaza Strip following fresh rocket fire from the besieged territory, medics and security sources said.
  
Khaled al-Kafarneh, 22, was killed when an artillery shell hit his house in Beit Hanun in the north of the Hamas-run territory, medics said.
  
The Israeli army said it was checking into the reports.
  
Israeli warplanes also carried out air strikes in the south of the territory, causing damage but no injuries, after militants fired two rockets into Israel on Sunday.
  
The violence comes as Egypt continued efforts to broker a lasting truce in the strip to replace shaky mutual ceasefires called by Israel and Hamas on January 18, ending Israel's massive 22-day war on the Islamists' stronghold.
  
An Israeli F-16 fired two missiles against a police post near the southern city of Khan Yunis, sparking a fire.
  
An Israeli helicopter also carried out a raid in a unpopulated area of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, but caused no casualties.
  
"Aircraft intervened against a Hamas position in Hamas near Khan Yunis and another at Beit Lahiya," an Israeli military spokesman confirmed.
  
Palestinian militants fired two rockets on Sunday into southern Israel that caused no injuries, the spokesman said.
  
Militants have fired about 40 rockets and mortar rounds since the end of the war, which left 1,330 Palestinian and 13 Israelis dead.
  
Israel, which launched its offensive on December 27 with the stated aim of stemming rocket attacks, has warned of "the severest riposte" to any further rocket fire.
  
Egypt has voiced hope that a Gaza truce accord between Israel and the Hamas can be reached in the next few days.
  
Israel has kept the densely populated territory closed to all but essential supplies since June 2007 when Hamas violently seized power, ousting forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Date created : 2009-02-09

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