Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza, no injuries
Published yesterday (updated) 24/01/2012 21:08
Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on Rafah, southern Gaza.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli warplanes launched three airstrikes in north and south Gaza Strip early Tuesday, with no reports of injuries, witnesses and security officials said.
Israeli F16 fighter jets fired three missiles at fields near al-Shaymaa school in the northern town of Beit Lahiya, two missiles at an open area west of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, and one missile at Bani Suheila east of Khan Younis in the early hours.
Before the air strikes, locals said flare bombs were fired towards the eastern borders of Khan Younis.
An Israeli army statement said the aircraft were targeting a weapons manufacturing site in the north and three smuggling tunnels in the south. The strikes were "in response to the rockets fired at Israel during the past few days," the statement said.
The airstrikes were the third series of raids in a week. On Saturday, Israeli aircraft fired at a group of Palestinian militants in southern Gaza the army said were launching rockets, without causing injuries, three days after Israeli forces opened fire on the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and seriously injuring at least two others.