Israeli warplanes strike Gaza 16Apr11 April 17, 2011

Ma’an News Agency -  16 April 2011

Israeli warplanes launched two airstrikes Saturday morning in the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

Local sources said the shelling targeted two military bases of Hamas’ armed wing the Al-Qassam Brigades in Ash-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, and the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City, also in the north.

Witnesses said several houses near the military bases sustained damages and locals said they feared further attacks as warplanes and drones continued to hover over the besieged coastal enclave.

An Israeli military spokesman said forces struck “terror sites” in northern Gaza and identified a hit. He said the strikes were in response to rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into Ashdod on Friday.

Israel held Hamas solely responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip, he added.

On Friday, Israeli military officials said the army had a list of targets to be hit in Gaza as a message that rockets from the Strip would “never go unpunished,” the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Friday’s attack was the first time any rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip since Sunday when militants in the Hamas-run territory began observing an unspoken truce, a military spokesman had said.

There were no injuries and no damage, policy spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP on Friday.

He did not specify what type of projectiles they were, but the military said it was likely they were Grad rockets because of their longer range.

The truce came into effect after days of soaring violence in which Israeli troops pounded Gaza, killing 19 Palestinians, after militants fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus, critically wounding an Israeli teenager.


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