Nine Palestinians died and 29 were wounded in a series of Israeli airstrikes that began Wednesday and continued Thursday. The air raids were in retaliation for a recent terrorist attack that killed eight Israelis and for continuing rocket fire over the Israel-Gaza border.

On the Israeli side, a baby was reported to have been slightly wounded when shrapnel from a Palestinian rocket hit a car.

Since the deadly attack on Israel on Aug. 18, the country has retaliated by killing at least 23 Palestinians, many of them Islamic Jihad and pro-Hamas leaders but some of them simply civilians. –BF

The New York Times:

On Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike killed an Islamic Jihad leader, Ismail al-Asmar, 34; the group said Thursday that it had fired several of the missiles at Israel in retaliation.

Early Thursday, Israelis struck a smuggling tunnel that crossed under Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, killing four.

A third airstrike — on a sports club the Israeli military said held a weapons storage facility — killed two in northern Gaza: a member of Islamic Jihad, and a Palestinian man, 22, who died hours after he was wounded.

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