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Israel warplanes fire on northern Gaza

Nov. 16, 2011 1:13 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2011 10:40 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes fired on the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, onlookers said after two rockets were reported to have struck southern Israel.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the attack targeted sites in northern Gaza suspected of "terrorist activity" and in response to two rockets which struck southern Israel hours before.

Earlier, Israeli army tanks fired several shells at farmland near Gaza City, locals told Ma'an.

The tanks were stationed in the Nahal Oz area east of the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City. Locals told a Ma'an reporter that 10 shells landed in the area on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported.

Israel's army said it was not involved in that incident.

On Monday, an Israeli airstrike killed police officer Muhammad Kilani and injured four of his colleagues. The Israeli army said the strike "hit a terror activity center" in the northern Gaza Strip.

The French consul in Gaza and his family were also wounded in the airstrike.

Majdi Jameel Yaseen Shaqqoura and his daughter were injured by shrapnel and his wife suffered a miscarriage when Israeli warplanes bombed a police building in Beit Lahiya early Monday morning, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said.

"While we are all for Israeli security, France recalls the utmost necessity to avoid civilian harm," said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero, without specifying the nature of their injuries.

Shaqqoura was injured in the leg and his 13-year-old daughter Rawan in her hand and back. His pregnant wife Majda was on her way home with her brother at the time of the airstrike. Just 150 meters from the site of the bombing, she suffered a hemorrhage and then miscarried.

The PCHR said the attack was "part of systematic violations perpetrated in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, which reflects Israeli forces' disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians."
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