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Hamas rocket attacks on Israel fall short injuring Gaza women, children

GAZA CITY — Hamas and allied rocket gunners have injured at least eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


A Palestinian human rights group reported that at least eight people were injured in the explosion of rockets fired by Hamas and other militias in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said the injuries took place in a five-day period as missiles and rockets fired toward Israel landed in Gaza communities.

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"PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to investigate these incidents, to take necessary measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents and to provide protection to civilians," the group said.

In a statement on Aug. 24, PCHR cited a series of Palestinian rocket explosions around Gaza City amid the war with Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. The group said the injuries included two children and three women in explosions that were not investigated by Hamas police.

On Aug. 22, a Palestinian rocket landed on the roof of a three-story home in the Shejaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City. Three members of the family of Subhi Shakhsa were injured and taken to nearby Shifa Hospital.

"In addition, the rocket made a hole in the roof, downing part of the southern wall of the house and damaging the water network and doors," PCHR said.

The human rights group said the Hamas bomb squad arrived to collect the shrapnel from the unidentified rocket. Police, however, did not investigate.

On Aug. 21, a rocket struck the home of the Al Sheik family in the Tufah neighborhood of Gaza City. Two people were injured from shrapnel.

The report suggested that many of the estimated 200 Palestinian missile and rocket launches stemmed from around Gaza City and the southern town of Rafah along the border with Egypt. On Aug. 19, a 21-year-old man was injured by shrapnel when a rocket landed in front of his home in the Shuka village east of Rafah.

"PCHR is concerned over increasing casualties resulting from explosions of home-made weapons," the group said.

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