Gazan found dead after Israeli strike

Palestinians search for the remains of bodies after an Israeli air strike destroyed a tunnel near the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on January 8.
Palestinian medics have found the body of a Gazan who was killed during an Israeli air strike on a tunnel on the Gaza border with Egypt.

The Palestinian lost his life on Thursday when Israeli fighter jets carried out five airstrikes against targets in the central and northern areas of Gaza, a Press TV correspondent reported.

After the Israeli attack, Palestinians conducted a rescue operation to find those trapped in the tunnel that was being used to bring in basic living supplies.

Israel carried out similar airstrikes on Gaza on Friday and Saturday, injuring a number of Palestinians.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, claiming that the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of the international law, with civilians often being killed or injured.

The Israeli regime laid an economic siege on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after the democratically-elected Hamas lawmakers took over the administration of the enclave.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the impoverished territory.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

Following Israel’s assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters on May 31, 2010, that killed nine civilians, Tel Aviv slightly eased the land blockade of Gaza, allowing in more consumer goods.

However, the naval siege of the Gaza Strip remains in place, exports are banned, and imports of raw materials and construction materials are restricted.

( / 16.07.2011)

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