Gaza militants deny firing rocket into Israel

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-17 15:54:27|Editor: xuxin
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GAZA, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Various Palestinian Hamas-led armed wings denied in a joint statement on Wednesday morning that their militants had fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

A written statement signed by the joint committee of all the armed wings in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas movement, said that the armed wing of Hamas and other armed wing factions deny responsibility of firing rockets into Israel.

The Hamas-led armed groups held an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning after Israeli war jets carried out six airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to firing a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The joint statement said that firing a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel "came to sabotage the Egyptian efforts to reach a truce agreement with Israel in the Gaza Strip."

It added that the armed wings of all the Palestinian factions are standing to the side of their people in carrying on with the peaceful marches of return that started on March 30 to end 12 years of Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza.

The fresh escalation of violence in Gaza happened as a senior Egyptian security intelligence delegation has arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to mediate a calm agreement between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militant groups.

Sources close to Hamas said the Egyptians held talks with senior Hamas leaders over the current developments in Gaza as well as reaching a truce with Israel and achieving reconciliation with Fatah Party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

On Wednesday morning, one Palestinian killed and three injured in Israeli airstrikes on military facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack from Gaza into Israel, security sources and medics said.

Health Ministry Spokesman in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qedra, told reporters that Naji Za'aneen, 26-year-old man from northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun was killed and three wounded in the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses and security sources in Gaza said that Israeli war jets targeted six different military facilities all over the Gaza Strip with missiles, adding that six huge bombs were heard all over the coastal enclave.

An Israeli army spokesman said in a press statement that Israeli war jets of the Israeli Air Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to firing a rocket and arson balloons into Israel.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel overnight and landed at a yard of a house in the town of Beer Sheba in southern Israel, which had lightly injured three Israelis.

Israeli Radio meanwhile reported that Israel announced that the two crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel for goods and individuals' movement are closed and the allowed area for fishing has been reduced.