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10 Palestinians injured in Gaza strikes

Feb. 9, 2011 9:23 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 11, 2011 4:20 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Ten Palestinians were injured Wednesday morning in Israeli air strikes which started after midnight and hit in a series of explosions running from the northern end of the Strip to the south.

Spokesman of the higher committee of ambulance and emergency services Adham Abu Salmiya said that eight were lightly injured including two children and three women. The injured were transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital north of Gaza City.

Abu Salmiya said one strike targeted a medicine warehouse east of Gaza City. The strike obliterated the warehouse and damaged a carpenters workshop next door, he said.

The Israeli warplanes dropped another two missiles on an empty area east of Gaza City with no injuries reported.

Further south, two Palestinians were injured when missiles hit a training ground used by Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades.

Medical sources said the injured were civilians who lived adjacent to the site.

Additional strikes hit near the tunnel area of the Gaza-Egypt border, where no injuries were reported.

An Israeli military statement said the last strike targeted a "terror tunnel," which was "intended to be used by terrorists to infiltrate into Israel and to carry out terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers."

The earlier bombings a "terror activity site" in the central Gaza Strip, in addition to a "second terror activity site" in the north.

The statement noted that "direct hits were confirmed," and that in two of the sites "secondary blasts were identified."

According to the military, the sites were targeted "in response to intensive rocket fire into Israeli territory over the course of the day." during which the military said five military-use projectiles were fired from the Gaza Strip landing in southern Israel.

Brigades say shell hits Israeli patrol

Hours after the strikes, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, said militants fired a projectile on an Israeli military jeep east of Gaza City's Ash-Shujayiya neighborhood.

According to a statement sent by the group, Israeli soldiers entered the area to rescue the targeted patrol.

In their statement, the brigades said they would remain steadfast to the option of resistance and would continue to confront "the crimes of the Israeli occupation."

An Israeli military spokesman said he was not immediately familiar with the report, but said he would investigate.

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