Israeli air strikes hit targets in the Gaza Strip

Published today (updated) 02/08/2011 11:06

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the northern and southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, with no casualties reported.

Israeli air crafts fired at a target in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip causing material damage but no human casualties, medical sources told Ma’an’s correspondent.

Israeli jets also fired missiles at a smuggling tunnel in the Al Brazil neighborhood of Rafah in southern Gaza, causing material damage only.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that “the sites were targeted in response to the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel’s southern communities during the previous day, moderately injuring a woman.”

“The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the statement added.

Israel has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas took control of the enclave in 2007.

Rights agencies have repeatedly condemned the blockade as a form of collective punishment of Gaza’s 1.6 million residents.


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