Sunday, June 14, 2009

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza tunnels injure 4 Palestinians

Gaza - Israeli aircraft bombed tunnels running under the Gaza Strip-Egyptian border early Sunday morning, wounding 4 Palestinians, Palestinian security officials and the Israeli military said. The security officials said the aircraft bombed 5 tunnels used for smuggling goods and weapons into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. An Israeli military spokesman said two tunnels were hit.

Palestinian medical officials said the 4 local workers sustained light injuries.

The Israeli military spokesman said the strike came in response to a missile fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday at southern Israel.

Palestinian militants meanwhile detonated Sunday morning an explosive device near an Israeli army jeep patrolling along the security fence which the Strip from Israel.

The Israeli army forces responded by opening fire towards fields in the east of al-Bureej refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, forcing farmers to flee from the area.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for firing the rocket.

Palestinian rocket attacks have largely decreased after Israel ended a military offensive in the salient on January 18 as Hamas maintained a level of self- restraint.

On Monday, 5 Palestinian militants were killed in a botched attack on a border crossing between Israel and the salient.


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