More Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza…

May 20, 2009

Article from Ma’an News Agency (http://www.maannews.net/en)


Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian man was hospitalized after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, becoming the sixth casualty in less than 24 hours.

Earlier, Israel’s air force bombed smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, just hours after overnight strikes left five Palestinians wounded. The renewed violence follows weeks of relative calm in Gaza.

At 11:20pm, Israeli warplanes bombed a position east of the Zaytoun neighborhood in the northern Strip, and there were no casualties. Fifteen minutes later, the same area was bombed, and four people were injured including a Hamas fighter.

Muawiya Hassanein, director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said the wounded were evacuated to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to Hassanein, the Hamas fighter sustained moderate wounds, while the civilians were slightly injured.

After midnight, Israeli air forces bombed three blacksmiths’ workshops in the central Gaza Strip, on Jaffa Street in Gaza City, and in east Jabaliya in the north. As a result of these airstrikes, one Palestinian civilian was reported injured, and he was evacuated to Ash-Shifa Hospital.

On Wednesday morning, Israel warplanes resumed shelling in Gaza, targeting the borderline at Rafah. Witnesses said four missiles hit the tunnels area, resulting in massive physical damage, but no casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Ziad Abu Hadid was moderately injured by Israeli fire in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

According to Hassanein, the Health Ministry official, Abu Hadid was hit by a gunshot in the leg, and was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital in neighboring Beit Lahiya for treatment.

The Israeli military confirmed the airstrikes, which came hours after a homemade Palestinian projectile landed in southern Israel, moderately injuring one Israeli teenager.

Also on Wednesday morning, Palestinian fighters said they launched three mortar shells at an Israeli military installation called Megen, east of Al-Maghazi, in the central Gaza.

The Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, and the Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility for the shelling, which they said was in retaliation to the Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday night.


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