Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, May 3rd, 2023
Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, May 3rd, 2023Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

One person was killed and five more injured in an Israeli airstrike on northwestern Gaza, Gazan health officials said Wednesday.

The airstrike targeted terrorist positions in the Al-Shati refugee camp, northwest of Gaza City, in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

Gazan sources identified the fatality as 58-year-old Hashil Mubarak. His family claimed he was crushed by falling debris, and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

According to IDF spokesman Brigadier General Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military struck 16 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip during retaliatory attacks overnight.

"Everything we wanted, we hit tonight - 16 Hamas targets, and underground positions of the Islamic Jihad," Hagari told Reshet Bet.

"Islamic Jihad fired the rockets, Hamas knew of it and allowed it. As far as we are concerned, [Hamas] is the sovereign power [in Gaza]."

Israel responded following a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from terrorists operating in the Gaza Strip Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. At least 104 rockets were detected being launched from Gaza towards Israel, with nearly half (48) landing in open areas, 24 being intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, 11 falling in the sea.

Arab media outlets reported that Israel had reached a ceasefire agreement with Gaza terrorist groups early Wednesday morning, a claim the Israeli military refused to confirm.

Three foreign workers were injured after a rocket struck Sderot, with one of the victims listed in serious condition.