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Israeli airstrike kills pregnant woman, 2-year-old girl in Gaza City

Oct. 11, 2015 9:37 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2015 6:03 P.M.)
A plume of smoke rises from buildings after an Israeli airstrike in the eastern part of Gaza City on August 22, 2014. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter were killed on Sunday morning when an Israeli air strike caused their home to collapse in southern Gaza City, Gaza's Ministry of Health said.

Spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said that Nour Rasmi Hassan, five months pregnant when she died, and her daughter, Rahaf Yahya Hassan, were killed in the air strike, and three others injured.

Their house collapsed when Israeli jets struck a nearby building, close to the al-Maslakh Mosque in southern Gaza City.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the air strikes targeted "two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities in the northern Gaza Strip."

The statement made no mention of any deaths or damage to civilian homes.

The strikes were carried out to retaliate a rocket fired from the blockaded coastal enclave late on Saturday night.

The rocket was destroyed by Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system south of Ashkelon, with no injuries reported.

The rocket followed further violence in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian boys, aged 13 and 15, at a rally east of Khan Younis on Saturday.

The mother and her daughter's deaths brings the total number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip to nine since Friday.

As tensions have spiraled in recent weeks, several rockets have been fired from the blockaded coastal territory into southern Israel, with Israel's army launching retaliatory air strikes in nearly every case.

Although much of the rocket fire has been claimed by small militant groups operating in Gaza, the Israeli army has consistently held the territory's de facto leaders Hamas responsible.

Israeli army spokesperson Peter Lerner said on Sunday that Israeli forces held Hamas responsible for any "act of aggression" from the Gaza Strip.

"This weekend we have seen clear incitement encouraging the breach of Israel's sovereignty, violent confrontation against Israelis and threatening the residence of southern Israel," he said.

He added that Israeli forces would "continue to act, preempt and defeat those that plot to harm the civilians of Israel."

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since last year's devastating war, and the movement has been attempting to clamp down on many of the smaller armed groups.

Earlier Saturday, however, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Israel that following a string of "war crimes" the Palestinian "people will defend themselves by any means possible."
Hanny / Swiss
Hey ho! 97 peace protesters died in Istanbul, but who cares about them? They were not GlamPals.
11/10/2015 13:32
Horge / Spain
And what has the PA done about this incitement from the Arabs? Sweet nothing!
11/10/2015 13:34
Luzer / USA
There are risks taken when you decide to live next to a rocket launcher or a warehouse that stores rockets and rocket launchers. Same thing goes with tunnels and tunnel digging equipment. If you live next to terrorists be prepared to die at anytime. They have an agenda that does not include innocents
11/10/2015 16:38
carlos / usa
israel government officials do not consider Palestinians humans. The israeli government is so stupid they think they can treat human beings like animals. The Palestinians are standing up and saying they are human beings. israel needs to stop the murder and peace will come. israel stop murdering!
12/10/2015 19:59
Where is the Humanity, Shame on you Israel and the United States Government for Kissing Israel's Ass
13/10/2015 06:04
Outlier / USA
This is blood on Hamas' hands for launching that rocket - not that it cares about the lives of Gazans.
17/10/2015 18:06
Marcela / USA
The American media is owned by Jews. The average American sees the Jewish side, that is that Palestinians are the terrorists and Jews are the victims. No matter how many Palestnians die doing nothing or just protesting peacefully.
04/11/2015 14:56
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