Middle East

First Israeli killed in rocket fire from Gaza: army

An Israeli tank, positioned near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, fires a 155mm projectile towards targets in the Palestinian enclave on July 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ

JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian on Tuesday, the army said, the first Israeli death in eight days of cross-border violence.

The man was fatally wounded near the Erez crossing into Gaza, the army said.

A spokesman for the Israeli emergency services told AFP the 38-year-old was delivering food to soldiers serving in the area.

In a statement, Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said it had fired five mortar rounds at Erez killing a soldier.

"The Qassam Brigades fired five mortar rounds at military forces at the Erez base," it said.

"The enemy acknowledges the death of a Zionist soldier and the injury of another in the Qassam shelling of the Erez base." 





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