Israeli warplanes fire on Gaza Strip, 4 injured

Maan News Agency February 19 – 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes fired at the northern Gaza Strip overnight Saturday, leaving four people injured.

The raids hit a blacksmith workshop in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City late Saturday, causing extensive damage and wounding one man.

Early Sunday, a home in the city’s Tuffah neighborhood was hit by a missile, injuring three people. The victims were taken to Shifa hospital in the city for treatment.

Eyewitnesses say Israeli fighter jets continued to hover over the Gaza Strip after the raid.

A statement from the Israeli military said the missiles targeted a “weapon manufacturing site, and a terror activity site. Direct hits were confirmed.”

“The targeting of these sites is in response to the rockets fired at Israel.”

Gaza rulers Hamas warned on Saturday that Israel was targeting the Gaza Strip to spoil burgeoning progress in a reconciliation deal with West Bank ruling faction Fatah.

The Israeli army said three Grad missiles exploded in southern Israel on Saturday, after forces shelled Gaza east of Breij refugee camp late Friday. Israeli airstrikes injured six people in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night.

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