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Israeli helicopters strike Hamas security targets

Latest update : 2009-02-12

An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at the security headquarters of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources said. Israeli military sources said the attack came in response to mortars fired into southern Israel.

AFP - An Israeli helicopter attacked a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, but no one was injured in the raid, witnesses and Palestinian security services sources said.

The helicopter fired two missiles on the Khan Yunis headquarters of the security services of the militant Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

They caused further damage to the building that was already attacked during Israel's 22-day military offensive against the territory. The offensive, which ended on January 18, caused 1,330 Palestinian deaths.

"The army attacked a Hamas position in response to two mortars fired Wednesday against southern Israel," an Israeli military spokesman told AFP.

Militants have fired about 40 rockets and mortar rounds since Israel ended the assault, which Israeli leaders said was aimed at stemming rocket attacks. The Israeli army has launched reprisal attacks on Hamas targets.

 

Date created : 2009-02-12