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Israel launches two airstrikes in Gaza

Attacks follow deadly suicide bombing in Haifa

Palesinian policemen investigate the site of an israeli rocket attack in Gaza early Sunday.
Palesinian policemen investigate the site of an israeli rocket attack in Gaza early Sunday.

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GAZA CITY (CNN) -- An Israeli Apache helicopter fired at least two rockets at a house in Gaza City early Sunday, Palestinian sources said, just hours after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed at least 19 people in the Israeli city of Haifa.

The house belonged to Rezik Kamita, who security sources said belongs to either Islamic Jihad or Hamas. Kamita's son is an activist in Hamas' military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, and was targeted by Israeli forces a few weeks ago in Gaza City, the sources said.

There was no one inside the house at the time, sources said. There was no information on deaths or injuries.

Israelis also launched a second airstrike at the Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, security sources said. They fired five rockets at a home, and one person was left slightly injured, sources said.

Tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians have heightened in recent weeks after a string of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis and deadly Israeli strikes on Palestinian extremist group members that also have killed and wounded Palestinian bystanders.

Two Hamas terrorist bombings killed 15 Israelis on September 9, followed a day later by an Israeli airstrike that wounded Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar. The attack also killed Zahar's son and a bodyguard, and wounded at least 20 others.

Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group, is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Its military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, has admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians as well as attacks against the Israeli military.

Islamic Jihad, a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel, has carried out military operations against Israeli soldiers and civilians. It is also considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel.


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