Two Palestinians killed in Gaza blitz

PressTV –  Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:55AM

At least two Palestinians have been killed and another injured as Israeli war planes launched an airstrike on the Hamas-controlled and blockaded Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets fired several rockets at a building near the former Jewish settlement of Nitzarim on Wednesday. Two people were killed and another sustained injuries in the aerial attack. The structure suffered serious damage in the blitz, Ma’an news agency reported.

Israeli forces have carried out large numbers of ground and air attacks on Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead against the enclave.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed during the three-week Israeli land, sea and air offensive in the impoverished coastal sliver during the winter of 2008-2009. The offensive also inflicted US $1.6 billion damage to the Gazan economy.

A United Nations inquiry led by the former South African judge, Richard Goldstone, detailed what investigators called Israeli actions “amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity,” during Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Israel laid an economic siege on the Gaza Strip in June 2007, after Hamas took control of the enclave.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education. Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively, in the Gaza Strip.

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