Thursday, 24 March 2011

Air strikes hit power station and tunnels in collective punishment for Gaza


No one has claimed responsibility for the remotely detonated bomb in Jerusalem that killed one yesterday. Israel has struck the tunnels near Rafah in the south and a power transformer, described by the IDF as a 'terrorist target'. The tunnels are a lifeline for Gaza and have cost the lives of many in the dangerous work of keeping them in operation. On 16 March two people were killed in an explosion involving the transportation of gas cannisters. Netanyahu says Israel will act 'forcefully' with an 'iron will to defend the country'.
Israeli jets have staged three air strikes over Gaza, hours after a bomb struck a crowded bus stop in West Jerusalem, killing at least one person and wounding 30 in what authorities said was the first major attack in the city in several years.

Hamas, the Palestinian group which controls the Gaza Strip, said on Thursday that the strikes targeted smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border, as well as one of its training camps in central Gaza.

A third strike hit a power transformer, causing blackouts in the area, witnesses said. Medical workers said no one was injured in the strikes. Hamas said it ordered its personnel to evacuate their positions.

An Israeli defence spokeswoman confirmed the sorties, saying: "The air force targeted two tunnels at the south of the Gaza Strip and a terrorist target in Gaza."

The military said the strikes were a response to the recent barrage of rockets. more