2 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza: medics

GAZA, July 29, 2018 (Xinhua) : Two Palestinians were killed Sunday in
an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources

Spokesman for the health ministry in Gaza Ashraf al-Qedra identified them
as Ayman al-Najjar and Muhannad Hamouda, both at the age of 24.

The spokesman said both were killed instantly in the Israeli strike that
targeted them in northern Gaza Strip city of Jabaliya.

However, the Israeli army denied the Gaza health ministry’s reports that
the two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid.

The army said in a statement that the two activists were killed when the
missile they were trying to launch into Israel went off due to a technical

Over the past few weeks, Israel carried out multiple airstrikes and
artillery attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring dozens of
Palestinians, while Palestinian factions fired barrages of rockets into
southern Israel.

These developments have pushed Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations to exert
intense efforts to restore calm in the Israeli-blockaded territory.

Tension in Gaza has been high since the Palestinians launched the ongoing
“Great March of Return” on March 30, which demands the lift of the blockade
Israel has imposed on Gaza since 2007.

About 155 Palestinians have been killed and more than 17,000 others injured
by Israeli gunfire during the rallies which peak every Friday.