Israel warplanes hit southern Gaza after sniper fire: army

A Palestinian militant from the Islamic Jihad armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, walks near a military post on Dec 20, 2014 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes hit southern Gaza Wednesday after sniper fire against troops,
A Palestinian militant from the Islamic Jihad armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, walks near a military post on Dec 20, 2014 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes hit southern Gaza Wednesday after sniper fire against troops, the military said, in the second such strike since a seven-week war in the Palestinian territory ended in August. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli warplanes hit southern Gaza Wednesday after sniper fire against troops, the military said, in the second such strike since a seven-week war in the Palestinian territory ended in August.

"In response to the firing at our forces who were east of the fence in the southern Gaza Strip, we carried out immediate attacks against the relevant targets," a statement said shortly after Palestinian medics reported the death of a Hamas militant in the same area.

Medical sources said Tayseer al-Ismary, 33, died after being hit by a bullet fired by the Israeli army, while Hamas sources confirmed he was a member of the movement's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.