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Israel hits another Gaza ministry
by ALJ
Friday Jul 14th, 2006 9:24 PM
The Palestinian economy ministry and a bridge in the Gaza Strip have been targeted by Israeli air strikes, according to Palestinian officials.
The ministry building caught fire as a result of the air strike, causing severe damage. The raid followed a similar strike on the Gaza building of the foreign ministry on Thursday.

The offices of the prime minister and interior minister have also been destroyed. The second attack destroyed a bridge near the Bureij refugee camp.

Palestinian officials said there were no casualties in either raid.

The north and south of the Palestinian territory was hit by artillery fire throughout Friday as Israel tried to secure the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit and stop rocket attacks.

Forces reduced

Ground forces in Gaza have been reduced since Israel began attacks on Lebanon after the kidnap of two more soldiers in a cross-border raid.

Tanks and armoured jeeps positioned in the centre of Gaza near the Deir al-Balah refugee camp and the town of Khan Yunis have pulled out of the area.

Ahmed al-Kurd, the Hamas mayor of Deir al-Balah, said at least 30 hectares of farmland and orchard, largely olive trees, had been devastated by the Israeli troops. He said around 20 homes had also been partially or entirely destroyed.

International airport

An army spokeswoman said the only place where Israeli ground forces remained in Gaza was Dahaniya, in the south, near the former international airport that was destroyed by the army during the second Palestinian uprising.

by ArabNews (reposted)
Friday Jul 14th, 2006 9:36 PM
GAZA CITY, 15 July 2006 — Reprieved by the US in the UN Security Council on Thursday, Israel yesterday pressed ahead with its Gaza air assault in a bid to retrieve a captured soldier and stop rocket attacks. Meanwhile, the pullback of some ground troops from Gaza was seen by Palestinians as the sign of a reduction in aggression.

Also yesterday, Palestinians blew a hole in a wall on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, allowing 500 people who had been stranded owing to closures related to the assault to cross into the territory.

Gunmen, believed to be from the armed wing of the governing Palestinian movement Hamas, blew a hole in the wall around 70 meters from the Rafah border terminal, allowing hundreds of travelers into Gaza, witnesses said.

The border crossing, Gaza’s sole gateway to the world, has been closed since June25 , when an Israeli soldier was seized by Palestinians not too far away, sparking the worst Israeli-Palestinian crisis in months.

Israel’s Air Force carried out at least two overnight raids on Gaza, while artillery pounded the north and south of the Palestinian territory throughout the day as part of a campaign to secure the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. One raid struck the house of a Hamas MP, whose administration has been directly targeted in the offensive, in Beit Lahiya in north Gaza, and a bridge in the central part of the territory.

Palestinians fired three rockets into the southern Israeli town of Sderot yesterday but caused no damage or any casualties, the military said. Islamic Jihad claimed to have fired one rocket on Sderot in response to continued Israeli “aggression.”§ion=0&article=85399&d=15&m=7&y=2006
by Al Bawaba (reposted)
Saturday Jul 15th, 2006 11:11 AM
Israeli aircraft attacked the Palestinian Economy Ministry in Gaza early on Saturday. Israeli aircraft also bombed a bridge in central Gaza, witnesses said. According to Reuters, Palestinian officials said there no casualties in either early morning raid. The Israeli army confirmed the attacks.

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, near the border with the Jewish state, Palestinian medics said. An army spokeswoman said troops fired at a man who threw grenades at them. Palestinian medics said they picked up a body that appeared to have been hit several times by a high-caliber weapon.

Another Palestinian on Friday was killed during an Israeli bombardment on a car at Al-Matahen (Wheat Mills) junction near the Gaza Strip City of Khan Younis. Medics said that Ra'id Nasser24 , was instantly killed. His body was completely burned.

Hamas gunmen blew a six-metre hole in the Gaza-Egypt border wall on Friday, allowing some1 , 200Palestinians stranded by the closed border to cross home. Many had been trapped on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing since the crisis erupted. Six stranded Palestinians, including an infant, had died waiting on the closed border.