Following rocket fire from Gaza that wounded an Israeli man, Israel launched air raids on Gaza on Saturday, killing a 6-year-old boy.
The air raid was launched on Palestinian territory on Saturday, following rocket fire from Gaza which wounded an Israeli man. On Monday, in a skirmish between Israeli forces and three alleged militants, who attacked workers on the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, two militants were killed, while one managed to escape.
Israel confirms that its aircraft had struck two militant targets in Gaza overnight in a retaliatory raid, but deny involvement in the death of the six-year-old child.
Hamas medical officials claimed that the Israeli attack killed six-year-old Ali al-Shwaf at a soccer field near the town of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. The boy’s father was wounded in the shelling.
However, an Israeli military spokeswoman denied that Israel was responsible for this latest attack, stating that “an initial examination shows the military was not involved in this incident."
According to Gaza health officials at least four people were killed and over 20 wounded, including civilians.
Following the attacks, Hamas has now threatened to call off an Egypt-brokered truce and say they will escalate attacks on Israel.
According to Israel, Gaza militants have fired more than 130 rockets into its territory in the last week. Authorities have urged residents who live in the south to stay indoors for their safety.
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, chief of staff of the Israeli military, has gathered senior officers to discuss the latest flare-up in violence.
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