Israel Bombers Hit Gaza
Date of Publication : Sunday 3 May 2009 05:49
Israeli warplanes bombed tunnels beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Saturday after militants fired several mortars at the occupied lands from the coastal territory, the Israeli military and witnesses said.
There were no reports of casualties from the air attacks. An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes targeted three tunnels used to smuggle weapons into the tiny strip near the town of Rafah, along the Egyptian border, AFP reported.
Israel had resumed attacks on Friday on tunnels it says are used for smuggling into Gaza, after a nearly two-month hiatus in fighting. There were no casualties in Friday’s air strikes, launched after a rocket struck Israel.
Israel said three mortars were fired at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, causing no casualties. The Palestinian Resistance Committees, a militant group in Gaza, claimed it had fired the mortars on Saturday.
Militant rocket fire had dropped significantly since Egypt began efforts to consolidate the Jan. 18 truce that ended Israel’s 22-day offensive against Gaza’s Islamic militants.
Israel launched its war on the territory controlled by the Islamist Hamas government in late December. A Palestinian human rights organization says 1,417 people were killed, of whom 926 were civilians.