Israeli strikes wound two Gazans

14:40, March 25, 2011      

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Palestinians inspect destroyed smuggling tunnel under Egypt-Gaza border after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah southern Gaza Strip on March 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Khaled Omar)

Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip wounded two Palestinians Thursday, witnesses said.

The two airstrikes took place in northern Gaza Strip in the morning. Each of the strikes wounded one people moderately. The raids targeted an open land and a grove, the witnesses said.

Before dawn, the Israeli warplanes struck a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's southern border with Egypt and two military sites for Islamic Hamas movement, which controls the coastal enclave.

Israel said the airstrikes in Gaza were in response to projectiles Palestinian militants who have been firing on Israel since Saturday. Hamas started the attacks, firing more than 30 mortar shells towards Israel, ending a shaky ceasefire that had held for nearly two years.

Despite the Israeli strikes, militants fired another rocket at noon on southern Israel. An army spokesman told Israel Radio that the shell landed in Western Negev, but there has been no report of casualties.

The Israeli strikes killed eight Palestinians on Tuesday, half of them civilians.

Source: Xinhua

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