2 wounded as rockets fired from Gaza hit S. Israel

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JERUSALEM, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two people were wounded as rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Tuesday evening, Israeli police said.

Two rockets were fired at the southern Israeli cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter.

In Ashdod, a rocket exploded near a mall, causing damage to some stores and cars and two men were wounded by the glass shrapnel. One 62-year-old man was taken to a hospital in moderate condition while a 28-year-old man sustained light injuries during the attack.

An Israeli military spokesperson confirmed in a statement that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, adding that one of them was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system.

No group immediately assumed reasonability for the attacks, which came as Israel signed peace deals with two Arab countries, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in Washington on Tuesday.

The Islamic Hamas movement, which runs Gaza Strip, issued a statement denouncing the normalization agreements as "not worth the ink spilled on it."

The group said it does not recognize the deals, vowing that the Palestinians will continue "the struggle to regain all their rights."

The Palestinian leadership, which has long accused the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump of being biased in favor of Israel, has condemned the deals as betrayal of the Palestinian cause of ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

With the addition of the UAE and Bahrain, the number of Arab countries having signed peace deals with Israel has increased to four, including Egypt and Jordan. Enditem

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