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An Israeli warplane struck the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday wounding six people, one very seriously, the territory's Hamas rulers said.

The raid came as thousands took to the streets of Gaza City to celebrate the announcement by Hamas and the PLO of an agreement to form a unity government to end seven years of divided administration. There seems to be no direct connection between the two developments.

The IDF Spokesman said that in a joint anti-terror operation by the IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet), an attack was carried out in northern Gaza. Voice of Israel public radio said that a squad that was about to launch a terror rocket was hit near Bayt Lahiya. It quoted Arab sources that said children were hurt in the attack.

In a suprising statement, MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said that it was a “serious mistake, in time and location,” to send the IAF to strike in Gaza while Fatah and Hamas were signing an agreement. “Any action of this nature will be seen as an attempt to torpedo the Palestinian reconciliation and will present Israel again as tripping up any chance of an accord,” he claimed.