IAF strikes Gaza smuggling tunnels

IAF pounds Gaza one day

January 2, 2010 01:28
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IAF planes attacked three targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday and on Saturday morning, a day after Palestinians fired Grad-type rockets at Netivot. The IAF bombed a number of smuggling tunnels in southern, central and northern Gaza. Palestinian media sources reported that two people, including a child, were wounded in the strikes. In a statement, the IDF confirmed the strikes, stating explicitly that the reason behind the targeting of Gaza was Thursday night's rocket attack on Netivot. There were no casualties or damage reported in that attack. According to Palestinian eyewitnesses, IAF fighter planes attacked an open field near a neighborhood east of Gaza City. Early Saturday morning, IAF fighter planes also attacked an area near Khan Yunis, which is in the southern part of Gaza. No injuries were reported. Also Saturday morning, Israel Navy ships lobbed a number of shells at several armed Palestinians near the Jabalya refugee camp in central Gaza. No casualties were reported. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that the PA is considering reassessing its coordinated security arrangement with Israel in the West Bank. In an interview with Palestinian television, Abbas said that recent unilateral IDF actions, including the Nablus killings of the three Palestinians who murdered Rabbi Meir Chai near Shavei Shomron, have caused him to reconsider the current joint security pact. PA sources have said that the IDF killed the three for no reason, as they did not resist arrest. According to Abbas, the current freeze in the Middle East peace talks, along with Israel's recent military incursions, have weakened his faith in security cooperation with Israel. "The provocations and assaults have multiplied recently. We find ourselves at a point in which it is time to reassess our activities. If security cooperation cannot lower the level of provocations, we will reassess the situation." Abbas said. Still, Abbas clarified that security cooperation with Israel is very important. According to the PA leader, the Palestinians are doing everything that is required of them, but they are not doing so for Israel's sake.

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