Six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and an 11-year-old boy, were injured Friday morning when Israeli tanks fired on homes and mosques in the southern Gaza Strip.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, told AFP that the five were wounded after the tanks targeted “two mosque minarets” east of the city of Khan Younis.
The 11-year-old boy was in serious condition, he said.
Witnesses told local news agency Ma’an the tank fire damaged the Hoda and Taqwa mosques and several nearby homes.
The Israeli army claimed the minarets were being used as “lookout posts” to guide the attack.
It remains unclear how the occupation forces knew the minarets were being used as lookout posts.
Israeli forces have been bombing the Gaza Strip almost every night for the last two weeks.
In the West Bank, eight Palestinians have been killed and hundreds arrested since Israel launched a violent campaign following the disappearance of two settlers on June 12.
Italy advises its citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements
Meanwhile, Italy has advised its citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, just days after France issued the same warning, Italian media reported Friday.
Foreign Minister Federico Mogherini cautioned Italians "not to get involved in financial activity and investments" in settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, according to La Stampa daily, AFP reported.
The warning, given "in accord with other European countries", comes as Italy "implements a political decision taken earlier," Mogherini was quoted as saying.
The international community regards all Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land as illegal.
France advised its citizens earlier this week to avoid financial investments in the areas in question, following similar warnings on the British and German foreign office websites.
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