Palestinian mother of baby killed in Israeli strike also dies: Gaza ministry

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) –


The pregnant mother of a one-year-old baby killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip on Saturday has also died from her wounds, the health ministry in the strip said.

The ministry said in a statement Falestine Abu Arar, 37, had died from the "Israeli targeting east of Gaza".

A ministry spokesman told AFP she was the mother of the baby who died in the same incident earlier as Israel carried out strikes in response to some 200 rockets fired from Gaza.

Israel's military said it had no information on the incident. The army said earlier it was only targeting military sites in its response.

The incident took place in the Zeitoun neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.

An AFP journalist at the scene saw significant damage to a building.

Neighbours said an area outside had been hit by an Israeli strike.

Another Palestinian was also killed earlier in the Israeli strikes, according to the ministry, bringing the death toll to three.

In Israel, one woman was seriously injured in a rocket strike on the city of Kiryat Gat, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) from the Gaza border, police said.

Israeli police said a man was also hospitalised in the city of Ashkelon and spoke of other injuries without providing details.

A house near Ashkelon was damaged, while other rockets hit open areas.