One killed, three injured in Israeli air strikes
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 11:34
Gaza City: Israeli warplanes launched three strikes against the southern Gaza Strip, killing one, wounding three and leaving one more missing, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Two raids targeted smuggling tunnels running under the border with Egypt at Rafah, wounding two people.

One of the tunnels collapsed, killing one person. Another person was missing and a third was seriously injured, witnesses said.

The other raid targeted a former base used by the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas that seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the three raids yesterday, saying that one was aimed at "a tunnel dug in the direction of Israeli territory" for attacks across the border.

The air strikes follow the firing of a rocket from Gaza into Israel by Palestinian militants yesterday, which caused no casualties or damage, according to the Israeli military.

The incidents follow the meeting Thursday in Washington of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to relaunch direct peace talks following a 20-month hiatus.

Hamas threatened Thursday to keep up its attacks on Israel after carrying out Thursday two attacks against Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank that killed four people and cast a pall over the relaunch of the talks.


First Published: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 11:34

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