Gaza militants fire rocket at Israel: military (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 02/24/12)
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Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel´s
Eshkol district on Friday evening, the military said, but there were
no reports of casualties.
Early on Friday Israeli warplanes staged two air strikes on the Gaza
Strip, in response to rocket fire on Thursday night.
A Palestinian militant group, the Popular Resistance Committees
(PRC), said it had launched one of Thursday´s rockets "in defence of
Al-Quds," the Arabic name for Jerusalem, where there has been a rise
in tensions in the Old City compound that houses the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Clashes briefly broke out on Friday between Israeli police
and "hundreds" of Palestinian stone-throwers at the flashpoint
compound, police said, adding that they used stun grenades against
Police said four people had been arrested and 11 of their officers
were "lightly injured from stones."
In the Gaza town of Khan Yunis, thousands of Palestinians also
marched in support of Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem.
Thursday night´s PRC statement came as the other Palestinian factions
were in Cairo, where talks on forming a unity government between
Fatah and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have been postponed.
The PRC is not part of the Cairo process for Palestinian unity.
Since the beginning of the year, Palestinian militants in Hamas-
controlled Gaza have fired more than 40 rockets at southern Israel,
according to army figures.
Hamas has maintained a tacit truce with Israel, but other armed
groups regularly fire rockets across the border, usually sparking
retaliatory air strikes. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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