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Israeli air strike targets Gaza militant after rocket attacks

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Two people have been injured, including a child, after an Israeli air strike on a motorbike in northern Gaza.

Israel identified its target as Ahmad Sa’ad, a senior Islamic Jihad operative in his early 20s. It holds him responsible for cross-border rocket attacks from the territory last week

Palestinian medical sources say the man taken to hospital is in a critical condition and that a 12-year-old boy who had been standing near the motorbike was less seriously injured.

Air strikes earlier on Sunday and during the week are a sign of growing Israeli impatience over a recent upsurge in rocket fire.

Israel responded with a series of air strikes on Thursday after
five rockets were fired at its southern city of Ashkelon. They were all intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome defence system.