Israeli airstrikes injure four in Gaza 24Nov09 November 25, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  24 November 2009


Four Palestinians were injured when Israeli warplanes targeted smuggling tunnels along the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt on Tuesday morning, a medical official said, while another strike hit near Gaza City.

Muawiyah Hassanein, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said the four were received at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, and that all sustained moderate to slight wounds.

An Israeli military spokesperson confirmed that warplanes struck two tunnels in the border area, as well as what he described as “a Hamas-owned weapons facility in Gaza City.”

Sources in Gaza, however, said the northern target was a blacksmith’s shop in Gaza City’s Zaytoun neighborhood.

Israel’s military spokesperson further reported that strikes were in response to two “rockets,” actually homemade projectiles, reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Monday evening.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the reported strikes. Israel’s military, however, reported one projectile landing in Israel’s Negev desert, west of the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, causing no casualties or damage, according to the military. The other alleged projectile could not be found, the military said.

On Monday morning a series of Israeli airstrikes on the north, central, and southern Gaza Strip injured eight people. The strikes were confirmed by the Israeli military.

The reported projectile fire and two Israeli airstrikes follow an announcement by the Hamas-run government in Gaza on Saturday, saying the movement had reached an agreement with armed groups to cease cross-border attacks into Israel.

However, three groups, the armed wings of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and Fatah, all said that they were not bound by the agreement. Even Hamas’ own armed wing said it would respond to Israeli attacks.

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