Artillery fire kills Palestinian in Gaza 7Apr11 April 8, 2011

Ma’an News Agency -  7 April  2011

Israeli artillery fire killed an elderly Palestinian man and injured six others after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel, injuring two people, medical and security officials said.

Witnesses said artillery fire injured four relatives of Mahmoud Al-Manasra, 50, who was killed when shells landed near his home in the Ash-Shuja’ya neighborhood of Gaza City.

Two people were injured after shells struck near the former Yasser Afarat International Airport in Rafah. Another round of shelling struck Khan Younis, but there were no reports of injury in that attack.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that two people were injured, including a teenager, when an anti-take missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

There was no claim of responsibility for the projectile.

The strikes follow two sets of overnight air strikes, in which warplanes carried out three bombing missions targeting the southern Gaza Strip, and a forth on an area east of Gaza City, injuring one.

In the south, strikes targeted an area near the Rafah refugee camp, locally known as the Yebna camp, a second strike hit tunnels near the Salah Ad-Din area and a third in the Barazili neighborhood. The third strike saw one man injured by debris from the strike.

Medics said the man was transferred to the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah for treatment.

In the northern Strip, Israeli warplanes fired one missile on an open area east of the Az-Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City; no injuries were reported in the second strike.

An Israeli military statement said all three strikes targeted tunnels, the first three smuggling tunnels and the third a “terror tunnel.” The statement said that “direct hits were confirmed.”

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