Strike in Gaza
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Heavy bombings in Gaza; rockets hit Negev
Despite talk of imminent truce, Air Force strikes targets in Beit Lahia, Gaza city and Rafah; Palestinians say two killed, journalists hurt. No injuries in early morning rocket attacks on south Israel
The IDF continues to pound terrorist targets in Gaza in full force despite talk of a possible ceasefire. The Palestinian Maan news agency reported of heavy Air Force bombings in the Strip early on Sunday.


At around 7:20 am a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area within the Sdot Negev Regional Council. Two more rockets landed in open areas within the Eshkol Regional Council at around 8 am. There were no reports of injury or damage in either attack.


Palestinian medical sources were quoted by AFP as saying that an Israeli airstrike hit a Gaza City media building on Sunday, injuring at least six journalists, as a separate raid in northern Gaza killed two people. At least 15 people were injured in the strikes, they said.  


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Palestinian sources claim that the casualties are two children who were killed during an airstrike in Jabalia. They said the Israeli Navy is also taking part in attacks on various targets in Gaza.


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The IDF said it attacked some 70 targets in Gaza overnight. Israeli aircraft attacked dozens of underground rocket launchers and severe damage was caused to the terror organizations' arms caches.


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IDF reservists (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office)


"At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.


Witnesses reported extensive damage to the building, and said journalists in the building had evacuated after an initial strike, which was followed by at least two more on the site.


The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades condemned the attack on the TV station. "The Israeli army is trying to kill the power of the word in Gaza by operating against reporters and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity," Hamas' armed wing wrote on Twitter.


At around 3:15 am Palestinians reported of another wave of attacks by the Israeli air force throughout Gaza. Shortly before 5 am Hamas' al-Quds TV network said Israeli aircraft were attacking in north and central Gaza. Palestinians later reported of additional strikes in Gaza City and Rafah.


פינוי צלם עיתונות שנפצע בתקיפה הלילה (צילום: AFP)

Injured reporter evacuated (Photo: AFP)


Shortly before 6 am Israeli aircraft attacked a training camp of the Popular Resistance Committees in the south Gaza town of Rafah. The Palestinian Ma'an news agency said no one was hurt in the attack.


The Air Force also bombed two structures belonging to the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in Rafah and Gaza City.


Reports of IDF strikes surfaced at around 2 am after four hours of relative calm in the south. According to the Palestinians, the IDF bombed targets in Beit Lahia and in the southern Gaza Strip.


Eyewitnesses told the Ma'an news agency that Air Force jets fired at houses as well as a post belonging to Hamas' military wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in western Rafah. It was further reported that the IDF bombed a Hamas site in western Gaza city.


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Iron Dome in action on Wednesday (Photo: AP)


On Saturday, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said in a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that there were "indications of an imminent ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians."


Nevertheless he stressed there were no guarantees. He said that the US, France, Russia and Italy took part in efforts to bring about a lull.


However, rocket fire continued. After hours of relative calm, a rocket exploded in an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.


Meanwhile, the Palestinians reported that the IDF killed Khamer Hamri, the commander of the Islamic Jihad's artillery unit. He was hit in an assault in Deir al-Balah.


Israel has launched more than 950 air strikes on Gaza since Wednesday.


A senior Israeli commander briefing reporters on condition of anonymity said Israel had scored "good achievements" in striking at nearly 1,000 targets.


Some 490 rockets landed in Israel since the campaign began. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted some 270 rockets.


Ilana Curiel, AFP, Reuters contributed to the report 


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First published: 18.11.12, 02:42
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