Israeli Air Raids Kill One, Injure 5 in Gaza

Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza overnight, killing a teenager and injuring five people, Palestinian medical sources said early Friday.

An Israeli military spokesperson refused to either confirm or deny the report, when questioned by AFP.

The strikes came after a series of coordinated attacks near the southern Israeli sea resort of Eilat left eight dead, prompting a riposte from the Israeli military on a Gaza group it deemed responsible.

Those air strikes killed six Palestinian civilians.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the "source" of the attacks was Gaza, and vowed "to act against them with all our strength and determination" although the strip's Hamas rulers issued a statement denying any involvement.

Israel's internal security organ Shin Beth said four leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees had been killed in the counter-attacks.

The PRC confirmed its leader and several others had been killed in the strike, and vowed bitter revenge "against everything and everyone."

Several hours after the Israeli air strikes, the army said Gaza militants fired four rockets into southern Israel, three of which were intercepted by the anti-missile Iron Dome system.

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Posted at August 19, 2011, 5:57am