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Israeli army carries out three airstrikes on Gaza

Jan. 7, 2011 11:05 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2011 4:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli war planes carried out three airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip early Friday morning, with medics saying none were reported injured.

Rafah residents said they heard two rounds of shells launched near the As-Salam neighborhood, with others reporting that they say F15 fighter jets flying low over the area shortly before the bomb blasts were heard.

In the northern Gaza Strip, strikes were reported in an empty area east of Az-Zaitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City, and in Jabal Ar-Rayes east of the city center.

Spokesman for the area's medical and ambulance services Adham Abu Selmeiyah said no injuries were reported.

A statement from Israel's military spokesperson's office said there were two strikes, targeting "a terror activity center in the northern Gaza Strip and a Hamas tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip."

The statement said the strikes were "in response to rocket fire." The military counted seven projectiles launched from Gaza over the previous 48 hours. A fraction of those have been claimed by resistance groups.

According to the statement, the tunnel "was intended for infiltrating into Israel and executing terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers."
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