Israeli Aircraft Strike Gaza

Six sites damaged in response to rocket fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
Israeli Aircraft Strike Gaza
Hamas security men inspect the damage at a Hamas training camp following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, March 22, 2011.   (Hatem Moussa)

The Israeli military struck a series of Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip today, damaging two smuggling tunnels, two weapons manufacturing and storage facilities, and two other militant sites. Palestinian officials said 19 people were wounded. The attacks were in response to a barrage of 56 mortar shells and rockets fired by Gaza militants over the past week, the military said. The tunnels, it added, were meant for militants to infiltrate Israeli territory to attack civilians and soldiers.

A Palestinian health official also said one man was critically wounded in a border clash today. The Israeli army confirmed the incident, saying it opened fire at a group of militants who were about to fire a missile at a tank. A Hamas spokesman said the rockets had been fired in response to Israeli "aggression," but said the group remains committed to an informal ceasefire if Israel keeps things quiet. (More Israel and Palestinians stories.)

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