A Palestinian cycles past a Gaza City mosque, damaged during the Israeli Operation Cast Lead in 2009 [GALLO/GETTY]

A Palestinian fighter has been killed and a second wounded in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said. 

Sunday's attack followed a series of bombing raids carried out by Israeli fighter jets on Saturday, in which a baby and a Palestinian man were wounded, Reuters news agency reported.

Israeli authorities gave no immediate comment, but had said earlier raids on the coastal region were in response to rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip in the past week.

A statement from the ruling Hamas movement earlier on Sunday denied its armed factions had been behind projectile fire from the strip on either February 25th or 27th.

“Over the past days, the Israeli occupation has been publishing lies on the firing of projectiles from Gaza toward Israel, in order to create excuses to prepare world public opinion for an escalation against Gaza,” read the statement.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh last month called on other armed Palestinian factions to “refrain from actions that could endanger Gaza”, said Ma’an News Agency. 

Source: Agencies