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Israel says it strikes Gaza rocket cell; 1 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck militants planning a rocket attack in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians say one person was killed.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the identity of the person killed in the Sunday early morning strike is not yet known.

He says another Israeli airstrike on Saturday killed two people. The Israeli military says one is Hisham Saidani, a member of a faction of the ultraconservative Salafi trend believed to have ties to al-Qaida. Saidani is suspected of carrying out attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets.

Israel says it holds Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for violence committed by any militant faction in the territory. The two have largely maintained an unwritten truce since a brief war nearly four years ago, but flare-ups occur occasionally.

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