Last updated: 5 August, 2012

Israeli drone kills Gazan

A Palestinian man was killed and another wounded in an Israeli drone strike on Rafah in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medics and witnesses said.

Palestinian sources named the victim as Eid Hijazi, 23, a member of the radical Popular Resistance Committees. The men were riding a motorcycle at the time.

The Israeli army in a statement confirmed the strike, naming the wounded man as Ahmed Said Ismail, who “was among those responsible for the execution of the terror attack adjacent to the Israel-Egypt border, in which an Israeli civilian was killed, on June 18, 2012.”

That attack led to the latest major flare-up around Gaza, with Palestinians firing dozens of rockets into the Jewish state which responded with multiple air raids on the territory that killed 15 Palestinians.

The army statement said Said, Hijazi and “several other Global Jihad members were operating in order to execute a terror attack against Israeli civilians via the Israel-Egypt border.”

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the army and Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency for the “precision action carried out in the Gaza Strip.”

“Anyone intending to harm us ought to know that our long arm will reach him,” he said in a statement.

Later on Sunday, two rockets fired from Gaza exploded in the Shaar Hanegev region of southern Israel. A military spokesman told AFP the rockets wounded no one and caused no damage.

Several mortar rounds were also fired, again without causing casualties or damage, security officials said. Police said residents had been urged to stay inside their homes as the level of security alert was raised.