(Reuters) – Israeli air strikes wounded 15 people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, local residents said, and militants kept up rocket fire on Israel, damaging two homes, in rising border tensions following the death of a Palestinian youth.
Violent Arab protests erupted on Wednesday after the body of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy was discovered in Jerusalem, possibly the victim of a revenge killing following the deaths of three Israeli teenagers that the Jewish state has blamed on Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank.
The city was quiet on Thursday but tensions remained high as police continued an investigation into the Palestinian’s death.
The Israeli air strikes hit at least three Hamas training facilities in Gaza, said a source in the Islamist group, which dominates the Palestinian enclave.
The Israeli military said 14 projectiles had been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip and that rockets that struck the two homes in the southern town of Sderot caused no casualties.
U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned both Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday for the latest flare-up of violence across the Gaza border and also the killing of the Palestinian teenager.
“”From a human rights point of view, I utterly condemn these rocket attacks and more especially I condemn Israel’s excessive acts of retaliation,” Pillay told journalists in Vienna… see more