Israeli warplanes strike in Northern Gaza

Israeli F16 warplanes struck on Friday night two targets near Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported, witnesses said.

Jabalia residents said the Israeli aircraft hovered over the northern area of the Gaza Strip, where two big successive explosions struck the area, adding the two explosions were a result of Israeli missiles fired at east of the refugee camp.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli F16 warplanes carried out three separate airstrikes on the borderline area between southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and Egypt, adding that the air strikes targeted underground tunnels used for smuggling.

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip came after a pro-Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for launching two homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip at the southern Israeli towns of Sderout and Ashkol.

The group, called the Brigades of Hezbollah in Palestine, said in a leaflet that its militants fired two 'al-Radwan' rockets from Gaza at southern Israel, 'to revenge the crimes of the occupation.'

The escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza militants came after Hamas officials, who negotiate a long-term truce in Cairo, announced that an 18-month truce is expected to be declared in Cairo within 48 hours.

Earlier on Friday, one Palestinian militant was killed and three wounded on as an Israeli aircraft struck a motorcycle east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, medics and witnesses said.

On Friday afternoon, a 14-year-old Palestinian child was shot dead in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, during clashes between Palestinian youngsters and Israeli soldiers, said Palestinian medics.

Witnesses also said that clashes erupted in the city between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian young men, adding that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the young men who threw stones at the soldiers.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian protestors against the wall that Israeli builds in the West bank were injured after Israeli soldiers dispersed an anti-wall demonstration by firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, witnesses said.

The weekly demonstration took place at the village of Bel'ein near Ramallah in the West Bank. The demonstration was dispersed after the Israeli soldiers attacked it just outside the village.

Source:Xinhua