Israeli warplanes launch six raids on Gaza: witnesses



GAZA CITY- Israeli warplanes have flown six raids against the Gaza Strip overnight, causing material damage but no casualties, witnesses and Hamas officials said Friday.
The raids came following a series of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.
Three air strikes targetted an area west of Khan Yunis, in the southern part of the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, with two missiles hitting a guard post of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades.



Palestinians inspect the site of a destroyed factory after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
Palestinians inspect the site of a destroyed factory after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
A fourth raid destroyed a worskhop in the refugee camp of Nusseirat, in central Gaza.
In two final air raids, Israeli fighters targetted points in the west of Gaza City, completely destroying a small dairy factory in the Sabra district, said witnesses.
The attacks were carried out by F16 fighters, the witnesses said.
Israel's armed forces have launched regular air raids on the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, responding to a series of rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza-based militants.
One such rocket attack killed a Thai labourer on an Israeli kibbutz, or collective farm, on March 18.
Ground forces have also clashed with Palestinian militants along the border with Israel.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian teenager was killed and several others were wounded as Israeli troops fired on protestors near the Gaza border.
The incident happened as Israeli Arabs and Palestinians marked "Land Day", the annual commemoration of Israel's killing of six Arab citizens during a 1976 protest against land confiscations.
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Friday, April 2nd 2010
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