Israel kills 1 in Gaza airstrike 15Sep10 September 16, 2010

Ma’an News Agency -  15 September 2010

Medics said one was killed and two others were injured in an airstrike launched by the Israeli airforce on the Rafah tunnels area shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Two missiles were fired on the tunnel located in the Brazil neighborhood south of Rafah, witnesses said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the strike, saying it targeted a tunnel on the Pheladelphi corridor on the Egypt-Gaza border.

The victims were tunnel workers, military medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmya said, adding that the three were taken to the Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.

Abu Salmya identified the man killed as 23-year-old Wajdi Jihad Al-Qadi.

Eyewitnesses said warplanes remained in Gaza skies long after the attack.

Minutes before 2 p.m., the Israeli military announced the launch of two projectiles from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, adding that the military had counted a total of nine mortar and projectile launches from Gaza since the morning. No injuries or damages were reported as a result of the launches.

No Gaza faction had claimed the launches as of press time.

The exchange of fire followed the death of three Gaza shepherds which Israeli investigations revealed targeted civilians, and not militants as first stated, during an attack near the border on Tuesday.

On Thursday, six airstrikes targeted areas in Gaza City and the southern Gaza Strip. Reports in the Israeli press said one was killed in the bombings, and two were injured.

Israeli military officials said the strikes were all in retaliation for projectiles fired from Gaza, though factions have only claimed one launch, on Saturday, which Israeli officials denied.

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