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Gaza family narrowly escapes Israeli airstrike

Sept. 28, 2010 2:00 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 29, 2010 3:14 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian family from the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip narrowly escaped death when an Israeli drone fired a missile at the family’s home Monday night, relatives said.

The shelling coincided with an airstrike on the nearby Al-Bureij camp killing three militants.

Kamal Abu Shamla, an inspector in the Gaza Strip’s Ministry of Education, told Ma’an that his and his brother’s family of 30 escaped death “only by a miracle” after their 3-story home was hit by Israeli missile.

Abu Shamla explained that the missile hit an apartment under construction on the third floor, destroying the water tanks on the roof and damaging walls and windows.

He wondered why his home was shelled asserting that no one in his family is affiliated to any military groups.

Israel's army has confirmed the attack on Al-Bureij, which it said came in response to projectile fire.

The military said in a statement that its air force "targeted and identified hitting a number of militants preparing to fire rockets from the central Gaza Strip into Israel."

"The IDF remains committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror. The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip," it added.

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