Israeli air force strikes Gaza, 8 wounded

AFP , Wednesday 9 Feb 2011

Israeli air force attacks the Gaza Strip wounding 8

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a burning medicine warehouse in Gaza City, Wednesday, 9 February 2011. (AP)

Officials in Israel and Gaza say Israeli aircrafts have carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the territory on Wednesday, after resistance fighters launched rockets into Israel.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya says the airstrikes overnight lightly wounded eight Palestinians. He says one strike set fire to a Health Ministry medicine warehouse in northern Gaza.

Israel's military claimed Wednesday that the strikes were in response to the firing of five rockets and mortars into Israel on Tuesday. The military claimed aircraft targeted a tunnel and two other sites used by resistance groups.

The Hamas resistance who govern Gaza have largely refrained from attacking Israel since Israel's Gaza offensive two years ago. But smaller groups continue to fire rockets and mortars.

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