GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed eight Palestinian militants, medics said on Monday, after recovering two more bodies from a collapsed tunnel in Rafah.
Two militants are missing in the tunnel and feared dead. The strikes came a day after armed groups fired 25 rockets and mortar rounds at southern Israel.
Two of the militants were killed east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza in a missile strike, which came shortly before midnight (2100 GMT), witnesses said.
The Israeli military confirmed targeting a group of people involved in “launching rockets from central Gaza”.
Several hours later, two more militants were killed and two civilians wounded in a drone strike east of the southern city of Rafah which caused the collapse of a tunnel, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
The bodies of two more militants were pulled from the tunnel during the morning, he added.
The army confirmed a series of raids across Gaza, saying they had targeted “nine terror sites and concealed rocket launchers.”
In a separate drone strike in Rafah, another militant was critically wounded and later died of his injuries.
Medics said five civilians were wounded in the northern town of Beit Hanun after a rocket fired by militants fell short of Israel.
The Israeli military said it had hit a total of 14 targets overnight. It added militants had fired an anti-tank missile at an army patrol by the border fence. There were no casualties.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2014.