PAYBACK for rocket attack on Israeli city, IDF airstrike kills Hamas commander

Hamas vows revenge. Israel yawns. (Bring a knife to the fight and we will bring a gun)

AFP GAZA CITY– Hamas vowed revenge on Saturday after Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed a senior militant and wounded eight other people. The overnight Israeli raids came after a rocket fired from the strip hit a southern Israeli city and prompting sharp criticism from the United Nations.

One Hamas militant was killed in an airstrike on a caravan near the Magazhi refugee camp in the centre of the Palestinian enclave, a Hamas official said. The Israeli military said the site was “a weapons-manufacturing warehouse.”

In a statement on Saturday, the military wing of Hamas identified the man as Issa al-Batran, 40, and said he was a senior field commander. “These new Zionist crimes will not pass without answer,” the statement said.