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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza kill one

A Palestinian man was killed and four others were wounded after Israeli warplanes targeted different parts of the Gaza Strip last night.

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Missiles fired from Israeli warplanes also struck an empty house in Rafah, as well as areas east of Khan Younis and near the Karni crossing east of Gaza city. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

A Palestinian man has been killed and four others have been wounded in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last night.

Abdel Karim Zatuniya, an elderly security guard working at a barracks in the Zeitun area, south-east of Gaza city, was killed in the attack, the Agence France Presse reported. His adult son was also wounded.

Missiles fired from Israeli warplanes also struck an empty house in Rafah, as well as areas east of Khan Younis and near the Karni crossing east of Gaza city, according to Reuters.

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The Israeli military confirmed the strikes in a statement, saying that its aircraft had struck four targets, including “a terror tunnel and a weapon manufacturing facility” in the north of the strip.

“These sites were targeted in response to the rocket fire on communities in southern Israel,” the statement read, noting that a rocket fired from Gaza on Friday had lightly injured an Israeli woman in the area of Hof Asheklon, according to the BBC.

On Saturday, Hamas prime minister of Gaza Ismail Haniya, speaking in Tehran, reiterated that his movement “will never recognize Israel,” as Palestinian efforts to establish a temporary unity government led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continue. 

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