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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Israeli warplanes pound southern Gaza overnight

Israeli warplanes pound southern Gaza overnight

Ma'an News

May 30, 2010

Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli warplanes struck the defunct Yasser Arafat International Airport near Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, early Sunday morning, marking the second day of air strikes.

Locals told Ma'an that F16 planes fired five missiles toward the airport, with no injuries reported.

The Israeli army said Saturday that a projectile from Gaza hit the Askelon shore, with no damage or injuries reported, while a military source said one had landed in the Western Negev, another inside the Strip.

A statement issued by the Israeli army said Israel's air force struck "a terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip," which was "intended for infiltrating into Israel and executing terror attacks" against the Israeli army, adding a "direct hit" was identified.

"The strike is in response to the rocket that was fired at Israel and hit the Ashkelon Shore Regional Council on Saturday evening."

On Saturday morning Israeli warplanes launched five missiles at the Gaza International Airport and one missile at a blacksmith workshop in eastern Gaza City, witnesses reported.

An Israeli military spokesperson told media outlets that the air strikes came in response to a homemade projectile fired from the Gaza Strip towards Sderot overnight.

The statement said the Israeli army "holds Hamas solely responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip."

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