Israeli warplanes pound Gaza Strip, injure four

At least four people have been injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in new acts of aggression against the blockaded coastal territory.

Palestinian sources said the first airstrike struck a metal workshop in the southeastern Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City on Thursday morning, injuring a 65-year-old man, Ma’an news agency reported.

Three other children also sustained injuries after being hit by flying debris in the targeted area.

The second aerial attack targeted a site belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in the city of Beit Lahia, completely destroying the building and sending a massive plume of smoke into the air above the area.

Israeli military aircraft also struck Mount Sourani, which lies east of Gaza City.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties from the two latter attacks.

The airstrikes came hours after Israeli warplanes launched at least five airstrikes against an open area near the Yasser Arafat International Airport in the border town of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

The Ezzedine Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, warned the Israeli regime to stop the attacks.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement also released a statement warning Tel Aviv against any escalation.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri also said, “Hamas holds the Israeli occupation completely responsible for the escalation east of Gaza and the consequences of it.” He called on the concerned parties to “shoulder their responsibility to stop this aggression and the Israeli crimes.”

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip.  The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.

Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian strip from time to time.

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