Air Force strikes in Gaza; ´children hurt´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 03.22.11, 00:38)
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Sources in Strip say Israeli aircraft bomb various targets,
including ´metal foundry´, police outpost. Hamas says will agree to
ceasefire if Israel commits to ´stopping its aggression´
Palestinian sources in Gaza said Israeli aircraft bombed a number of
targets in the Hamas-ruled territory late Monday night. At least 17
people, among them seven children and two women, were injured in the
air raids, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia said.
The IDF has yet to confirm or deny the report.
According to the sources, one of the targets was a Palestinian police
outpost in north Gaza. The outpost was vacant at the time of the
strike. The Air Force also attacked in the Jabal al-Ris area in
eastern Gaza. Palestinians said another aerial raid targeted a
construction material factory near the al-Shaaf neighborhood, located
east of Gaza city.
The Air Force also bombed a "metal foundry" in Gaza City´s Zeitun
neighborhood and an unidentified target in the Shati refugee camp.
One of the outposts attacked was manned by terrorists from the Hamas-
affiliated Al-Ahrar organization.
On Monday evening it was reported that Israeli helicopters opened
fire on a garage in the Sajaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City. The
structure was damaged, but there were no reports of injury.
Hamas has stepped up rocket fire at Israel after a lengthy hiatus
since a war of two years ago, claiming responsibility for the firings
of more than two dozen mortars and rockets at the weekend.
Earlier Monday, the spokesman for Hamas´ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam
Brigades, Abu Obeida, said his organization was once again ready to
impose an unofficial ceasefire in the Gaza Strip "if Israel commits
to stopping its aggression".
In an official statement Abu Obeida said, "We will also commit to
this and toe the line with the national consensus." He warned,
however, that Israel would "pay dearly" if it continued its
"The recent operations by the military wing are a response to
Israel´s ongoing crimes, which caused the deaths of two people and
destruction of buildings in Gaza," he said. Reuters contributed to
the report (Copyright 2011 © Yedioth Internet 03/22/11)
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