Israeli air strikes, Palestinian rockets heat up Gaza border

Jul 03, 2014, 7:04 AM EDT
Palestinian youths clash with Israeli Police near to the house of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair, in Jerusalem on July 2, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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Israeli air strikes wounded 15 people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, local residents said, and militants kept up rocket fire on Israel, damaging two homes, in rising border tensions following the death of a Palestinian youth. Violent Arab protests erupted on Wednesday after the body of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy was discovered in Jerusalem, possibly the victim of a revenge killing following the deaths of three Israeli teenagers that the Jewish state has blamed on Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank. The city was quiet on Thursday but tensions remained high as police continued an investigation into the Palestinian's death. The Israeli air strikes hit at least three Hamas training facilities in Gaza, said a source in the Islamist group, which dominates the Palestinian enclave.

Background:

Israeli air strikes, Palestinian rockets heat up Gaza border [Reuters]

US and UN condemn killing of Palestinian boy in Israel [BBC]

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