x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Israeli airstrike on Gaza kills one

An Israeli airstrike killed one person and wounded two in northern Gaza early today, Palestinian officials said.

An Israeli airstrike killed one person and wounded two in northern Gaza early today, Palestinian officials said.

Hamas officials said Israeli forces opened fire at a militant training ground north of Gaza City. A Palestinian hospital official Adham Abu Salmia confirmed one dead and two wounded, one of them critically.

The Israeli military confirmed it targeted a squad of militants preparing to fire rockets toward Israel.

Israel regularly targets Gaza militants in the early hours of the day as they either prepare or train for attacks. The last such strike took place more than a month ago.

The incident comes as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are at a standstill. The sides are trying to find a compromise on Israeli settlement building that will allow the month-old talks to continue.

The Israeli military said more than 165 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of the year.