2nd wave of strikes injures 1 in Gaza

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March 24, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The second strike of the morning hit a group men beside a gas station in the northern Gaza Strip, around 8:30 a.m., hours after a wave of strikes targeted sites across the coastal enclave, causing damage but no injuries.

Spokesman of the higher committee of ambulance and emergency services Adham Abu Salmiya said the latest bombing targeted a site near the Jabaliya refugee camp.

A statement from Israel’s military said the air force “identified a group of terrorists preparing to launch rockets at Israeli territory, and thwarted the attempt by firing at them.”

Shortly before 2 a.m., Israeli aircraft opened fire on several areas in the Gaza Strip.

Aircraft targeted a tunnel in the south and a site connected to Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades west of Gaza City, onlookers said.

Jets also struck a power station causing blackouts in Gaza City, Reuters reported.

Abu Salmiya said no injuries were reported, but sent waves of panic through homes across the Strip.

An Israeli military statement confirmed that the targets included a smuggling tunnel, a and “terror activity site,” noting “Direct hits were confirmed.”

The strikes, according to the statement, came “as a response to the barrage of Grad rockets, Qassam rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza at the Israeli home front in the south over the past few days.”

The armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees claimed that their fighters were behind the launch of the six shells in Ashkelon. A statement said operatives attacked the Zikim military zone “in response to Israeli crimes in Gaza.”


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