Seven hurt in Israeli raid on Gaza: Palestinians

The reported raid comes after days of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

Gaza City: Seven people were wounded in
Gaza on Sunday by what Palestinian medical sources said was an
Israeli air strike, but Israel denied it had carried out any
such raid.

Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run medical
services in the Gaza Strip, said four children and three
adults suffered moderate injuries in air strikes in the
northern Beit Hanun area.

But a spokeswoman for the Israel Defence Forces told
"there was no IDF activity in Gaza overnight or this

The reported raid comes after days of rocket fire from
Gaza into southern Israel and four straight days of
retaliatory Israeli air strikes between Tuesday and Friday

The Israeli military said four rockets were fired
from the coastal territory into Israel over the weekend,
bringing to 20 the number of munitions -- including both
rockets and mortar rounds -- fired from Gaza since July 1.

The uptick in violence comes after months of
relative calm that followed a flare-up in tensions in April,
when an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an Israeli
school bus, killing a teenager.

Israel responded with a series of air strikes that
killed at least 19 Palestinians in the deadliest violence
since Israel`s devastating 22-day assault on Gaza in

The violence raised fears of another similar
offensive, but on April 10 Gaza`s Hamas rulers declared a
return to the truce that ended Israel`s Operation Cast Lead in
January 2009.


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