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Hamas fighter killed in Israel strike: Gaza ministry

AFP  |  Gaza City 

A fighter from the Palestinian Islamist group was killed today by an Israeli strike in the Strip, the health ministry in the enclave said.

was killed and another man seriously wounded early today during the airstrike, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave said, confirming he was a member of the movement's militant wing.

A security source said he was one of a number of fighters manning an observation point east of City when it was struck early today.

confirmed the strikes, saying they were retaliation for gun fire.

The fighters were apparently shooting at an Israeli jet, which was carrying out strikes in in response to an at Israel's border fence yesterday.

"In response to the that was detonated against an engineering vehicle of the (army) yesterday, Israeli fighter jets struck military targets in the Gaza Strip," the said in a statement.

"After the strike, a terror cell fired with machine guns at an (Israeli) aircraft, without actually harming it. (Israeli) aircraft intercepted the terror cell." At least 32 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30.

Most died during major protests along the border but others have been hit by tank fire.

Islamists Hamas have controlled Gaza since 2007 and have fought three wars with since.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 10:55 IST