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Friday, June 19, 2009

Israeli air strikes target Gaza tunnels: army

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes staged two overnight attacks against contraband tunnels under border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, an Israeli military spokeswoman said early Sunday.

The raids followed a rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which caused no injuries or damage, the spokeswoman said.

Israeli warplanes have regularly targeted the tunnels, which have become vital to the Gaza economy since Israel and Egypt sealed the Palestinian territory off from all but vital aid after the Islamist Hamas movement seized power there nearly two years ago.

Israel has accused Hamas of using the tunnels to smuggle in weapons, while tunnel operators insist the vast majority of the trade is in food, fuel and household appliances.

Source : Antara News/AFP

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