JPost.com Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 21, 2007
An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip late Saturday, killing a Palestinian man and wounding a second occupant, Palestinian officials said.
The airstrike came shortly after Palestinian militants fired four rockets into southern Israel. One of the rockets scored a direct hit on a house in the Israeli border town of Sderot, police said. Officials said there were no injuries, but the residents suffered from shock.
MDA teams arrived on the scene and were treating the family. The building sustained significant damage.
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The Palestinian officials said the car was struck near the rocket launch site. Medical officials identified the dead man as a 37-year-old Gaza resident. The identity and condition of the second person weren't immediately known, and it was unclear whether the pair were militants.
The Israeli army was looking into the report.
Three Palestinian militant groups - Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. In a joint statement, they said the attack was to avenge the deaths of three militants killed earlier Saturday in the West Bank.
The fighting threatened to strain a cease-fire declared last November between Israel and militants in Gaza. The truce has brought a sharp drop in fighting, though sporadic rocket attacks have continued. Israeli officials have said they will not tolerate continued rocket fire.
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