Israeli raids injure three Palestinians

Smoke rises from a Hamas training camp after an Israeli airstrike east of Gaza City, April 7, 2011.
At least three Palestinians, including a child, have been injured after Israeli warplanes hit several targets across the Gaza Strip overnight.
According to Palestinian sources, two adults and a child were hurt in an Israeli airstrike on a training camp of the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of Hamas, north of Gaza.

Four tunnels along the Egypt border were also hit in the second night of Israeli airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of casualties.

The Israeli army has confirmed the attacks, claiming that they were carried out in response to rocket fires on Israel from Gaza.

Israeli army sources say on Wednesday Grad rockets were fired to the towns of Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon and Lachish. They landed in open areas and caused no damage or injuries.

Friday’s attacks came hours after an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of Palestinians north of the Gaza Strip in the late hours of Thursday. One Palestinian was wounded in the incident.

Israel has recently escalated its attacks on the impoverished coastal sliver, which analysts believe is because Tel Aviv wants to deflect attention from its internal socio-political crisis as well as the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.

( / 05.08.2011)

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