Hamas claim rocket strike that killed Israeli civilian

Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Credit: Reuters

The Islamist group Hamas that rules Gaza has claimed responsibility for launching the short-range rocket that struck an area along the border with Gaza, killing an Israeli civilian, Reuters have reported.

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