Israel raid kills one, wounds two in Gaza


An Israeli air raid on the northern Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian and wounded two on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Hamas-run emergency services told AFP. The strike hit a field used by Hamas militants just east of the town of Beit Hanun, Palestinian security sources said.
“We recovered one martyr and two other people with injuries after the air raid carried out by occupation aircraft in Beit Hanun,” spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told AFP, adding that one of the injured was in critical condition. He identified the dead man as Mohammed Abu Awda, 23, and said medics were combing the area for any other casualties from the strike.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said the target was “a terrorist squad that was attempting to place an explosive device by the security fence” in the second such incident this year. She said an Israeli aircraft and the armoured corps had fired at the squad, and the device that they were trying to plant had exploded. In 2011, there were “approximately 30 such incidents,” she added.