Israeli warplanes raid targets in Gaza Strip

Photo: Israeli warplanes raid targets in Gaza Strip / Arab-Israel Relations

Israeli warplanes raided targets in the Gaza Strip Monday after Palestinians fired two rockets in as many days, an army spokesman said, hours before a new government is to take office in Ramallah, AFP reported.

The "two terror sites [were] in the central and southern Gaza Strip", the spokesman said. "Direct hits were confirmed."

He did not give further details.

The new Palestinian government will have 17 ministers, five of them from Gaza, and will be headed by Rami Hamdallah who will also hold the interior portfolio.

Islamists Hamas and the Western-backed Palestine Liberation Organization, which is dominated by president Mahmud Abbas's secular Fatah party, signed a surprise reconciliation agreement in April to end years of rivalry.

Since the start of the year about 150 rockets have rained on Israeli territory, but the border between Gaza and Israel has been relatively calm for the past weeks.

Palestinian militants fired the last rocket before the weekend attacks on May 23.

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