Israeli aircraft bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, and troops opened fire and shot down a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said.
The raid came hours after Israel found the physical structures of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank who went missing on June 12.
Israel has blamed the Islamist Hamas group for their abduction near a Jewish village and has arrested dozens of the group’s members in the past three weeks
The air strikes, however, while numerous, did not vary radically from Israel’s usual response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory and as the Israeli cabinet weighed its actions against Hamas, there was no sign the Jewish state was poised to launch a major assault on the Palestinian enclave.
The armed forces stated that its aircraft bombed 34 Gaza sites, most of them going to Hamas, in response to 18 rockets fired into Israel since Sunday. 2 people were lightly wounded, Gaza medical officials said.
In the West Bank, an Israeli military spokeswoman said, troops opened fire at a man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yousouf Ibrahim Abu Zagha, 19, who threw an explosive device at soldiers who were trying to arrest a militant in the Jenin refugee camp.
The military added that three Palestinians were held up in the West Bank on Tuesday. Palestinian officials said five were held back.