Airstrikes reported across Gaza


Published today (updated) 24/03/2011 02:20

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli aircraft opened fire on several areas in the Gaza Strip early Thursday, witnesses said.

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.

No injuries were reported, Health Ministry official Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma’an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army had no immediate comment.

Earlier, the army said six mortar shells hit the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Ten other projectiles landed in southern Israel including two Grad rockets fired at Beer Sheva, the military said.

The armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for 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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