Israeli planes pounded Gaza late Tuesday night, in a retaliatory strike after several rockets were shot at southern Israel hours earlier. A Palestinian medical official said a 3-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip was accidentally killed by one of the rockets that apparently misfired when launched toward Israel.
The IDF Spokesperson’s office said in a statement that Israeli aircraft struck “5 concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza, one terror activity site in central Gaza, and a weapon manufacturing facility in southern Gaza.” It said the strikes came in response to a salvo of rockets from the Gaza Strip earlier in the evening. Unconfirmed reports said two Palestinians were injured in the strikes.
Hamas medical official Ashraf al-Kidra said the girl died when the rocket exploded in the northern Gaza Strip. Three other people were wounded, including two children,Ma’an news reported. He said it was not clear whether the rocket was misfired, or whether Israel’s “Iron Dome” rocket defense system caused it to explode over Palestinian territory.