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    Israeli Air Strike Kills Gaza Militant After Rocket Fire

    Palestinian medics transport a wounded boy after an Israeli air strike targeted a motorcycle to Kamal Adwan hospital, in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, June 11, 2014.
    Palestinian medics transport a wounded boy after an Israeli air strike targeted a motorcycle to Kamal Adwan hospital, in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, June 11, 2014.
    Reuters
    Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into Israel on Wednesday for the first time since a Palestinian unity government was formed, and hours later Israel carried out a deadly air strike on the coastal territory.
     
    The army said it had targeted militants in the Gaza Strip planning attacks on Israel. One militant was killed, residents said, and two other people were wounded.
     
    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire into Israel, which caused no damage or injuries.
     
    After past rocket attacks, Israel has said it holds Hamas, which had ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, responsible. But this time Israel also criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose authority had been limited to the West Bank until the unity deal was reached.
     
    The official Palestinian WAFA news agency said Abbas condemned the attack and called on all Palestinian factions to hold their fire and “not give Israel any pretext” to strike in the Gaza Strip.
     
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that Hamas “continues to plan terror attacks against Israeli citizens even when it is in the Palestinian government.”
     
    He said Abbas was obliged to disarm the Gaza factions of their weapons.
     
    After the unity government was formed last week, Abbas pledged its continued commitment to existing interim peace deals with Israel. Israel said the administration was a front for Hamas, a group that advocates its destruction, and suspended peace negotiations with the Palestinian leadership.

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    by: JohnWV from: USA
    June 12, 2014 11:25 AM
    Consider Israel, with the world's fourth most powerful military machine, vs. the occupied / besieged Palestinians with homemade rockets and stone throwing teenagers. Israel enjoys a kill ratio of nearly one hundred to one. Combatants? War zone? No. Israel's routine theft, humiliation, destruction, ethnic cleansing and murder in Palestine are war crimes and warrant debilitating sanctions and Nuremberg style criminal trials and punishments.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    June 12, 2014 3:10 AM
    The Palestinian authority should take responsibility for any action or rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. They now have a unify Government with Hamas, anything rocket fire from Gaza, the Palestinian authority should be blame for that. Hamas has been label as a terrorist group by the U.S and UN. Hamas is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State And if she fire rocket from Gaza, Israel will definitely retaliate. And we support the action of the Jewish State. what give them the right to fire rocket into Israel and Israel cannot do the same? If they killed Israel citizen, Israel will do the same too. Mr. Abbas will not disarm Hamas, because he is committed to the destruction of Israel also. They all have the same goal. So Mr. Abbas is a joke. They think they will destroy Israel and Israel will not do the same? let them watch and see what will happen. We are committed in supporting the Jewish State, we stand with Israel, and we vow our support until our death do us apart. God Bless Israel

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