Israeli strike kills Palestinian in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian civilian in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical workers said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said a rocket launching crew that had just fired at the southern Israeli town of Sderot was hit by an air strike.

Palestinian medical workers said militants fled the area just before the air attack and that a youth was killed. The workers initially identified the dead Palestinian as a gunman.

Egypt has been trying to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas to end Gaza border violence.

Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have killed two Israeli civilians this month in agricultural communities close to the frontier.

Israel frequently carries out raids and air strikes in the territory as part of what it describes as efforts to curb cross-border rocket fire.

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