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IAF strike on Gaza tunnels kills 2

Aircraft launch two separate attacks on smuggling tunnels shortly after Qassam rocket lands in Negev; direct hits identified; Palestinians say one injured

After a period of relative calm, Israeli aircraft on Friday launched two separate strikes on smuggling tunnels situated along Gaza's border with Egypt. The army said direct hits were identified.


Medical sources in Gaza reported a few hours after the strike that two bodies had been found in one of the smuggling tunnels that had been bombed.


A Palestinian health official said that one person had also been slightly injured in one of the strikes.

The strikes came shortly after a Qassam rocket fired by Palestinians in north Gaza landed in an open area in the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage in the attack.


About two weeks ago Israeli aircraft struck a building located near the border fence in central Gaza. The army said the structure was booby-trapped, adding that it was used by Palestinian terrorists to launch attacks.


The rocket fire on Israel resumed Thursday evening when a Qassam hit near a kibbutz in the Negev region, without causing injury or damage. A few hours prior to that attack IDF forces apprehended a number of Palestinians who allegedly approached the security fence in south Gaza.


The smuggling of arms and goods into Gaza resumed shortly after the conclusion of the IDF's three-week offensive in the coastal enclave. On Thursday Palestinian sources said two people were killed when a smuggling tunnel collapsed. Three other smugglers were reported missing.


Ali Waked and Reuters contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 05.01.09, 14:02
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