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Israel says warplanes hit terror targets in Gaza overnight

Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Israel said an Islamic terrorist was targeted in an airstrike in northern Gaza Sunday.

The target was Ahmed Sa'ad, whom the Israeli Defense Forces described as a key figure in recent rocket attacks launched from Gaza against the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

It was not immediately clear if Sa'ad was killed or injured in the strike.

"The [Israeli military] takes any fire on Israeli territory seriously, and will continue to take strong action against any attempt to carry out terrorist activity," the military said in a written statement. "We are ready and willing to defend the citizens of the state of Israel."

The Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva said the strike was among several so-called terrorist sites in Gaza that were hit by Israeli warplanes overnight.

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an counted a total of three Israeli air attacks in Gaza. One of them targeted a man on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip. The man was seriously injured as was a 12-year-old boy who was in the area, the agency said.

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