Saturday, July 31, 2010

Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Kill One Palestinian, Injure Fifteen Others

[Press TV News] Israel Makes Fresh Air Strikes On Gaza Killing One (1), Injuring Fifteen (15):

"shabbirh | July 31, 2010

Israeli warplanes have carried out airstrikes on three separate sites in the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian and wounding eight others.

Witnesses said they heard three successive explosions late on Friday evening in western Gaza city.

At least nine Palestinian policemen were injured at the Hamas police training compound in the western Gaza Strip and were immediately transferred to the city's main hospital, medics said.

Hamas security sources said that the Israeli jets carried out two other airstrikes in the eastern and southern Gaza Strip in which no one was injured, according to an AFP report.

The Israeli military issued a statement saying that the attacks were in retaliation for a rocket attack earlier in the day.

A rocket was fired into Ashkelon, blowing out the windows of an apartment block and damaging parked cars in a residential area of the city, but no one was injured, the statement added.

The Israeli airstrikes also targeted the tunnels connecting Gaza and Egypt which have been a lifeline for the longsuffering people of the blockaded territory.

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Recorded: July 31, 2010 at 1300BST

In related Gaza News:
Medics: Israeli forces injure 3 near Erez with live fire
Published today (updated) 31/07/2010 13:31
Source: Ma'an News Agency
Gaza – Ma’an – Three Gaza workers collecting stone aggregates from rubble near the Erez crossing were hit and injured by Israeli fire in two separate incidents shortly after 9a.m. on Saturday, medics told Ma'an.

Officials said the shots were fired from watch towers near the border crossing in the northern Strip, with the number injured by Israeli fire for the day rising to 13 following a series of air strikes and artillery fire that reportedly targeted "terrorist infrastructure."

Director of ambulance and emergency services for Gaza Strip hospitals Muawiya Hassanein said two workers collecting in the same area were targeted, in addition to a solitary worker collecting aggregates to be recycled into cement in a Gaza City plant, or used for construction.

Hassanein identified the first injured workers as 16-year-old Mahdi Hammadin, who was evacuated to the Beit Hanoun Hospital with gunshot wounds, while 25-year-old Muhammad Shalabi was evacuated to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya.

A third man was shot not long after, identified by coordinator of the Gaza Strip police medical services Adham Abu Silmiyya as 21-year-old Muhammad Hasan Sa’dallah. The officials said Sa’dallah was also collecting aggregates when he was shot.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers fired at a group of men after patrols "identified a group approaching the security fence," classified by Israeli officials as a "combat zone," which includes 6.25 percent of Gaza land and an estimated 20 percent of arable lands.

She said soldiers fired warning shots into the air in an attempt to drive away the men from the area, then fired toward their lower bodies, at which point she said two hits were identified. Only one group of individuals was targeted, she added.

As Israel's siege on Gaza continues, construction materials remain prohibited for commercial and personal use. Materials like aggregates and cement have been transported into Gaza only for construction projects under the UN and other international aid agencies, even as hundreds of homes remain in ruins a year and a half after Israel's last war on Gaza.

According to the UN, at least 6,000 homes in Gaza were either destroyed or severely damaged.

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