For the third consecutive night Israeli warplanes attack Gaza

PressTV Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:30PM

An Israeli fighter jet (file photo)
Israeli military aircraft have launched new strikes on the central and northern areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets carried out five airstrikes on Thursday against targets in the coastal sliver, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The fighter jets fired at least six rockets on the third consecutive night of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

On Wednesday, Israeli warplanes pounded the tunnel network in Rafah, south of the enclave, claiming that Palestinian resistance fighters use the tunnels to smuggle in weapons.

Palestinians, however, dismiss such allegations, insisting that they are forced to resort to the underground tunnels to bring in basic living supplies to the impoverished strip because the territory has been closed off the outside world by an Israeli blockade for over three years.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and appropriate living conditions, in the coastal enclave.

The Israeli regime launched an all-out war on the Gaza Strip three days before the turn of 2009. The three-week war killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, including many women and children.

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