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Israeli planes pound Gaza tunnel systems

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Latest update : 2009-02-07

Israeli war planes have bombed tunnels used to smuggle weapons and an arms depot in the south of the Gaza strip in retaliation for rocket attacks on Israel. Israel has warned of "the severest riposte" to any further rocket fire.

AFP - Israel launched air strikes in Gaza late Friday to strike tunnels used to smuggle weapons and an arms depot in retaliation to Palestinian rocket attacks, an Israeli military spokesman said.
   
"Our planes attacked four tunnels that were dug under the border with Egypt and used for weapons smuggling," the spokesman told AFP.
   
"An arms depot was also targeted and the explosives that were stocked there exploded," he said, adding that the raids were "a response to the firing of two Palestinian rockets in the morning."
   
Palestinian security forces and witnesses earlier said that Israeli planes had launched raids on targets in the Rafah sector, near the border with Egypt, without causing injuries.
   
The air strikes came hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel without causing damage or victims, according to a military spokesman.
   
Palestinian militants have fired about 40 rockets and mortar rounds since Israel ended its 22-day military offensive against the Palestinian territory on January 18.
   
Israel, which launched its assault on December 27 with the stated aim of stemming rocket attacks, has warned of "the severest riposte" to any further rocket fire.

Date created : 2009-02-07

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