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  • Relatives of Palestinian woman Zeina Al Omor, who was killed by fragments of an Israeli tank shell, mourn during her funeral in the southern Gaza Strip May 5, 2016.

    Relatives of Palestinian woman Zeina Al Omor, who was killed by fragments of an Israeli tank shell, mourn during her funeral in the southern Gaza Strip May 5, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 May 2016

Zeina Al Omor, 53-year old woman from Gaza, was killed in an Israeli airstrike Thursday as attacks continued for the third day.

Israeli forces attacked the Palestinian Gaza Strip for the third day in a row Friday in what Tel Aviv claims is a move against facilities run by Hamas.

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"In response to the ongoing attacks against Israeli forces, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure," an army statement said following the attacks.

Palestinian witnesses say there were two sets of air raids, one targeting Beit Lahia in northern Gaza and the second in Khuzaa, southeast of Khan Yunis, in the south of the territory. There were no reports of any casualties.

However, Israeli airstrikes killed a Palestinian woman from Gaza, now identified by Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra as Zeina Al Omor. Several others were injured by an airstrike in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis.

The recent round of violence comes almost two years after Israel's devastating 50-day war on Gaza in summer 2014 that killed more than 2,500 Palestinians.

The Israeli airstrikes started Wednesday after the Islamic Jihad Movement fired 10 mortar rounds across the border after Israeli incursions into the strip as forces searched for hidden tunnels, considered to be the only means for Gazans receiving crucial food and other aid. 

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Israel ended its permanent military presence in the Gaza Strip in 2005 in what it called the "Gaza disengagement."

However, the area remains effectively occupied as Israel retains control of its airspace, seafront and all vehicle access, blocking trade and free movement for the territory's nearly two million residents.
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