Jerusalem: Israel carried out air strikes on
the Gaza Strip overnight, sources from both sides said, in what Israel said was a response to recent rocket fire against
the Jewish state.
Israeli planes targeted an arms factory in the centre of
the Palestinian territory as well as three tunnels used for
smuggling contraband, two in the north and one in the south,
the army said in a statement.
The targets were hit, the statement added.
"The targeting of these sites was in response to rockets
fired against Israel in recent days," the military said.
A security source from the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the territory, and witnesses said there were four strikes, in Beit Lahiya, Nuseirat and two in Khan Yunis.
There were no casualties in the attack, the Hamas source
So far this month at least eight rockets have been fired
towards Israeli territory from the Palestinian enclave
controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement.
They resulted in no injuries or major damage.
Hamas has engaged in a tacit truce with Israel, secured with Egyptian mediation, but that has not stopped more radical
organisation, notably among Gaza's Salafist minority, from
firing projectiles into southern Israel.
Four Palestinian fighters have been killed by Israeli
strikes since the end of December.
First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 14:45