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UPDATED: 16:36, September 26, 2005
Israel intensifies airstrikes on Gaza Strip
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Israel intensified its airstrikes on different targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday, shortly after the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) decided to end attacks on Israeli targets.

Palestinian security sources, medics and witnesses said that airstrikes were carried out on Rafah and Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip, and Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.

The sources and witnesses said that an Israeli helicopter fired one missile, which landed at an empty area in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, where one woman was injured in the head as the missile shrapnel hit her house.

They said that Israeli helicopters also fired three rockets at a southern Gaza Strip city and refugee camp of Khan Yunis, adding that two rockets were fired at the house of Hisham Abed Rabbo, a senior official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Rabbo survived the attack.

The third rocket hit a metal workshop east of the city, causing no injury.

In Rafah town, two militants of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of the mainstream Fatah movement, survived an Israeli airstrike.

Witnesses said that Israeli helicopters fired two missiles at a cultural center sheltering the two militants, but they managed to escape from the building shortly before it was targeted.

In Gaza City, Israeli helicopters fired two rockets at a blacksmith workshop and badly damaged it, but no injury was reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli F-16 warplanes flew over the Gaza Strip and fired sonic bombs, causing damages to windows of dozens of houses in central and northern Gaza Strip as well as Gaza City.

The airstrikes were intensified shortly after Mahmoud al-Zahhar, a senior Hamas leader, announced that the group decided to halt its attacks on Israel, while other militant groups kept on launching homemade rockets at Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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