A Palestinian demonstrator holds a rocket made from cardboard as others throw stones during clashes with Palestinian security forces blocking the road to an Israeli check point in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on August 22, 2014
A Palestinian demonstrator holds a rocket made from cardboard as others throw stones during clashes with Palestinian security forces blocking the road to an Israeli check point in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on August 22, 2014 © Hazem Bader - AFP/File
A Palestinian demonstrator holds a rocket made from cardboard as others throw stones during clashes with Palestinian security forces blocking the road to an Israeli check point in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on August 22, 2014
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Last updated: August 22, 2014

Gaza mortar fire kills child in southern Israel, army says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday vowed harsh retribution against Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, after a mortar round fired from the Palestinian territory killed an Israeli child.

"Hamas will pay a heavy price for this attack," Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman cited the premier as saying on his Twitter account, adding that the Israeli army and Shin Bet internal security service would "intensify ops against Hamas until the goal of #ProtectiveEdge is achieved".

The boy was the first child to be killed on the Israeli side since the July 8 start of the war with Hamas, which Netanyahu has said was aimed at ending rocket fire at Israel and delivering a significant blow to Hamas.

Three other civilians, one a Thai labourer, have been killed in Israel during the conflict, as well as 64 soldiers in and around the Gaza Strip.

"Netanyahu sends his condolences to the family of the 4-year-old boy that was killed this afternoon by a mortar round fired by Hamas," Gendelman wrote.

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