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Gaza rocket hits Kibbutz

Palestinian resistance fighters launched a rocket that slammed an Israeli kibbutz

AFP, Tuesday 21 Dec 2010
Air Strike
Palestinians remove rubble after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday 21 December 2010. (Reuters)
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A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Tuesday slammed into an Israeli kibbutz though caused no injuries a military spokeswoman said.

Israeli media said the missile fell in Kibbutz Zikim, a collective farm in southern Israel, but the spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the reports.

The attack was the latest in a series over the past several days and followed a series of Israeli air strikes into Gaza, in which five Palestinians were killed and two wounded.

Three air raids targeted the town of Khan Yunis in the south of Palestine, wounding two fighters of the Ezzedin al Kassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, one of them seriously, the army said.

The Israeli planes also attacked a tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt near the southern town of Rafah, without causing any injuries.

Four other attacks were carried out in the north of the Palestinian territory targeting the Jabailya refugee camp and the towns of Beit Lahya, Beit Hanoun and Zeitoun, with no casualties reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman, questioned by AFP, spoke of seven air raids against tunnels allegedly used for smuggling weapons and "arms dumps used for terrorist attacks."

She claimed the raids were "reprisals for attacks on Israeli territory."

Israeli warplanes on Saturday night hit central Gaza, killing five resistance fighters as they were about to launch a rocket attack, according to the army and witnesses.

The raid was one of the deadliest since Israel's December 2008-January 2009 aggression on Gaza, codenamed Operation Cast Lead, which killed of 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians.


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