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Palestinian dies in Israeli airstrike

By Shira Medding, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mohammed Abu-Moa'amer, 24, died in the attack, Palestinian medics say
  • Hamas, the party that rules Gaza, confirmed Israeli airstrikes
  • Cross-border attacks between Israel and Palestinians come after a few days of relative quiet

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza killed one Palestinian and seriously wounded another Wednesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

"Israeli aircraft targeted and hit a terrorist squad in the Southern Gaza Strip, which had launched rockets towards Israeli communities yesterday," according to an Israeli military statement that also said a smuggler's tunnel was hit in a separate strike.

Hamas, the party that rules Gaza, confirmed the airstrikes.

"Israeli airplanes targeted one Palestinian citizen, injured other during raid on Rafah city south of Gaza strip," the faction's interior ministry website said. Palestinian medics said Mohammed Abu-Moa'amer, 24, died in the attack.

The Hamas statement also said Israel shelled a tunnel on the Palestinian-Egyptian border. No injures were reported.

The cross-border attacks come after a few days of relative quiet, following a week of heightened violence between the sides.

On Saturday, Palestinian factions met and announced they would adhere to a truce if the Israeli military halted its attacks. A day later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was interested in quiet on its southern border and did not want to see an escalation of violence.