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Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza Monday

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Despite an informal truce in Gaza, a Palestinian militant was killed by Israeli troops and Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in Gaza Monday. The Israeli attacks were retaliations against Palestinian rocket attacks that took place on Sunday. The violence coincides with increased efforts to broker a more lasting cease-fire.

The Palestinian fighter was killed by Israeli troops overnight, reports the Associated Press.

The militant group Islamic Jihad said in a statement that one of its fighters was killed overnight in an Israeli airstrike. The Israeli military said troops spotted an armed militant trying to cross the Gaza-Israel border late Sunday and opened fire, after which a bomb belt he was wearing detonated.

Haaretz reports the fighter had planned to attack Israeli troops, according to Islamic Jihad.

Islamic Jihad had earlier said the man killed was on a mission to attack an Israeli patrol along the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip...
Islamic Jihad said the Palestinian killed near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun belonged to its armed wing and that he was part of a squad that had planned to attack Israeli troops along the frontier.

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