Palestinians wounded in Israeli airstrikes increase to 11

11:26, March 20, 2010      

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About 11 Palestinians were injured Friday night when Israeli warplanes hit an abandoned airport in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and nearby smuggling tunnels on Gaza-Egypt borders, hospital officials said.


An injured Palestinian man gestures as he is treated by medics at the Najar hospital in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip on March 19, 2010. About 11 Palestinians were injured Friday night when Israeli warplanes hit an abandoned airport in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and nearby smuggling tunnels on Gaza-Egypt borders, hospital officials said.

The Israeli F-16 jets dropped several bombs at Rafah airport, wounding over 10 people who were collecting gravel from the destroyed runways, witnesses said.

A doctor at Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 11 injuries were brought to the hospital, noting that more wounded are expected to report to the hospital since ambulances still trying to access the area.

Israel has hit the only airport in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the second Intifada in 2000. Recently, Hamas, which controls Gaza, makes use of the materials of the airport runways to pave roads in other places in the coastal enclave.

Tension in Gaza started Thursday when militants fired a rocket and killed a Thai worker in an Israeli farm in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

On Thursday night, the airplanes had struck at a workshop in Gaza city and there were no injuries reported.

Source: Xinhua

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