Israeli strike injures bystanders after missing Islamic Jihad operative


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli airstrike missed its target — an Islamic Jihad operative in the Gaza Strip — and injured bystanders.

The operative was riding a motorcycle with a passenger on Wednesday who reportedly was about to launch a rocket attack on Israel. The Palestinian Maan news agency put the number of wounded at seven.

Following the attack, three rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel. One of the rockets hit the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The airstrike came as Fatah and Hamas, the ruling parties in the West Bank and Gaza, respectively, signed a reconciliation and unity agreement.




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