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First Israeli Airstrike In Gaza Since November Kills Militant



GAZA – An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed one Palestinian and wounded two others on Tuesday, in the first targeted attack since last November’s ceasefire.

The victim, identified by locals as 29-year-old Haitham Misshal, was hit while riding his motorbike in the north of the Gaza strip. He was believed to be a member of Hamas, but Reuters added he could have also been a Jihadist Salafi militant, according to relatives.

Israeli Defense Forces said he was a Global Jihad militant, who was an expert in weapons production, and suspected of being involved in the April 17 rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Eilat, Haaretz reports.

This is the first targeted attack by the Israeli Forces since last year’s Pillar of Defense Operation, which ended in November 2012. A spokesman for Hamas said the killing of Misshal in this airstrike was "a serious violation of the ceasefire", the BBC reports.

Shortly after the attack, a Jewish settler was killed by a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, in the first such incident since 2011. According to Reuters, the two events were unrelated.

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Gaza Fighting Resumes, Quick COP28 Deal Signed, Longest Hit Song

Palestinians inspect damages after an Israeli airstrike destroyed a house in Rafah, southern Gaza, as hostilities resume after a week-long truce between Hamas and Israel.

Emma Albright & Valeria Berghinz

👋 Alò!*

Welcome to Friday, where fighting resumes in Gaza after the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas expired, a COP28 deal is signed for a fund to pay for climate damage in poor countries and a rapper breaks a billboard record with a flute. Meanwhile, Mastercard is arriving in China following Xi Jinping’s “dinner diplomacy” last month in San Francisco, reports Chinese-language media The Initium.

[*Haitian Creole]

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