#1 MORE GAZA :Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after gunmen attack...
08-19-2011, 12:41 PM
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Palestinians say Gaza under major assault
Air Force strikes numerous sites in Strip overnight, Palestinian sources say; Hamas targets hit, casualties reported. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority warns Israel to act ‘responsibly’ in wake of terror offensive that left eight Israelis dead......Gaza under attack: The Air Force launched a wave of assaults in Gaza early Friday according to Palestinian sources, targeting numerous sites within the Strip in the wake of a terror offensive in southern Israel that left eight people dead Thursday.
Earlier, Israeli aircraft killed the terror masterminds behind the multipronged offensive that targeted a bus, civilian cars and IDF soldiers near Eilat.
Elsewhere, Israeli aircraft reportedly fired three missiles at a Hamas security forces building in Gaza City. In a third strike, at least one missile was fired at an open area in a town located in the southern part of the Strip. No casualties were reported in the strike.....According to the reports pouring in from Gaza, the Air Force also struck several targets in the northern Strip, including a Hamas military wing building.
Palestinian sources added that the Air Force bombed yet another outpost belonging to Hamas’ military wing in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis. Eyewitnesses reported loud explosions at the site of the attack,Later at night, the Palestinians said that the Air Force struck several more targets around the Philadelphi route. The army was believed to have targeted smuggling tunnels in the strike.
Israel pounds Gaza after deadly attacks near Eilat
Earlier, Israeli officials promised a strong response after attacks on vehicles near Eilat left seven dead.
Israeli officials said Gazan militants were responsible, although Gaza's Hamas government denied involvement....The Israeli air strike hit a house in the town of Rafah.
Palestinian sources told the BBC that four members of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a faction in Gaza that is loyal to Hamas but sometimes operates separately, had been killed in the air strikes, including the group's head, Kamal al-Nairab.....PRC military chief Immad Hammad and the son of the owner of the house were also among those killed, Palestinian sources and residents said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those killed were responsible for the attacks earlier in the day near Eilat....."The people who gave the order to murder our people and hid in Gaza are no longer among the living," he said in a televised address.
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