Friday, 5 August 2011

Two injured in air strike on Gaza City as escalation continues

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians from an armed group were injured in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City on Thursday as Israeli air strikes hit the coastal enclave.

Local witnesses told Ma'an that a large explosion was heard in the Jabal Al-Rayes neighborhood east of Gaza City.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the strikes had targeted the "launch site of a grad rocket fired at Israel."

"A short while ago, a Grad rocket was fired from the northern Gaza Strip at the communities of the Hevel Lakhish Regional Council," an Israeli army statement said, with no injuries reported.

The latest air strike is the second to target the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israeli warplanes launched two attacks Thursday morning on the bases of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of Hamas, to the east and west of Gaza City.

The airstrikes on Thursday come amid recent escalations along the border as Israeli warplanes struck two targets Tuesday in the northern and southern parts of the coastal enclave. No injuries were reported.