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IAF bombs PA Foreign Ministry, Hamas office in Gaza Strip
by Haaretz (reposted)
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 7:09 PM
Israel Air Force planes bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City early Monday, the second attack on the ministry in a week, witnesses said.
An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw clouds of smoke rising from the already damaged building after the strike by an IAF plane.

The IAF also bombed the north Gaza offices of a Hamas-led security force before dawn on Monday, witnesses said.

The air strike destroyed the offices in the Jabalya refugee camp, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

IDF troops killed six Palestinians, including a civilian woman, in separate strikes Sunday in the northern Gaza Strip.

An Israel Defense Forces strike on northern Gaza Sunday afternoon killed two armed Popular Resistance Committees militants and wounded two others.

Earlier Sunday, the IDF attacked a vehicle carrying wanted Islamic Jihad militant Khaled Sha'alen, but Sha'alen managed to escape the car without injuries. Three other militants were wounded in the strike.

Three Hamas gunmen were killed, Hamas said, and at least 11 people were wounded in IAF air strikes on Beit Hanun earlier Sunday, including a child, hospital officials said.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman was killed by shrapnel during IDF tank shelling overnight near the closed airport in the southern Gaza Strip, which troops took over June 28 at the start of the Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said.

The IDF said it had no immediate comment.

The IAF destroyed a tunnel dug by Palestinians underneath the fence on the Gaza Strip border early Sunday afternoon. The IDF said the tunnel was meant to allow militants to carry out terror attacks in Israel.

by CNN (reposted)
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 7:10 PM
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli aircraft blasted the Palestinian Authority's Foreign Ministry offices in Gaza early Monday for the second time in less than a week, Palestinian sources and the Israeli military said.

The building was damaged by a previous Israeli airstrike on Thursday.

The Israeli military confirmed the airstrike on the ministry building but would not provide details. Palestinian sources said the building was empty, and there was no immediate report of casualties.

It is one of several Palestinian Authority agencies hit in the three weeks since the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militant groups. Other attacks have blasted the Interior Ministry and the offices of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Israeli shelling Sunday night targeted a tunnel in southern Gaza that was intended to be used to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel, according to the Israeli military.