Five killed in IAF strikes on Hamas

Israel targets group's infrastructure; at least 30 wounded.

IAF Gaza crater 298 88 (photo credit: AP)
IAF Gaza crater 298 88
(photo credit: AP)
Israel unleashed five air strikes on Hamas targets a few minutes apart Saturday, killing four Hamas terrorists and wounding at least 30, some seriously, according to Army Radio. One man, seriously wounded in the attack, died later in hospital, bringing the death toll up to five. The first strike hit a Hamas installation in Gaza City's Zeitoun neighborhood, where wounded Palestinians were being pulled from the rubble of a destroyed building. All the wounded were members of Hamas's security forces and as of Saturday afternoon all structures belonging to Hamas's security forces in Gaza were completely destroyed as a result of IAF strikes.
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  • Hamas threatens to up resistance Another air strike hit a Hamas training camp on the outskirts of Shati refugee camp. There were no reports of casualties. Minutes later, a third strike hit a Hamas installation in the southern town of Rafah, security officials said. The area was hit a few days before, and the officials didn't know of any casualties. A fourth strike targeted a Hamas training base in a former Jewish settlement near the southern town of Khan Younis. The latest strikes, including one on a key Hamas compound, brought to 11 the number of targeted missile attacks Saturday. Early Saturday air strikes hit four Hamas locations in Gaza, two of them near the home of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian security officials said. The IDF confirmed the attacks, also in the Shati and Nusseirat refugee camps, but stressed that Haniyeh himself was not a target. No one was wounded in the air strikes, which left large craters, smashed surrounding windows and cut electricity in the heavily crowded camps. It was the second day in a row in which the army targeted locations near Haniyeh's home. Earlier Saturday, an Israeli air strike north of Gaza City hit a metal workshop and damaged a local resident's house, security officials said. The army confirmed the strike. No one was wounded. On Saturday morning and at around midnight, Kassam rockets landed in an open field south of Sderot. No casualties or damage were reported. Earlier, on Friday evening, an Israeli air strike hit a car traveling in Gaza City, killing two and wounding six, Palestinian security and medical officials said. The IDF confirmed that it had targeted a Kassam launch cell belonging to Hamas's military wing, Izaddin Kassam, Israel Radio reported. Hamas said its men were in the car that was hit. Friday afternoon, a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip scored a near hit on a home in Sderot and a second rocket landed in the southern town's industrial zone. Three people were lightly wounded while 10 others were being treated for shock by medics at the scene. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it fired two rockets, one of which hit the house. A short while earlier an Israeli jet hit a Hamas training center south of Gaza City on Friday, destroying the compound and lightly injuring at least three, witnesses said. Palestinian security officials said three missiles struck the Hamas executive force base. The building was empty at the time and no one was harmed in the attack. Moments later, another Israeli rocket slammed into the building and blew up some unexploded armaments inside, witnesses said. At least three bystanders were lightly injured in the second explosion. The army confirmed it carried out the first strike and had no immediate comment on the second. Meanwhile, Kassam fire on the western Negev and IAF air strikes in response continued earlier Friday. Four Kassams landed in open territory on Friday morning, causing no casualties or damage. Since midnight Thursday, eight Kassam rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. The IAF, meanwhile, targeted two Hamas positions on Friday morning, one in Gaza City and the second in central Gaza. Four people were lightly wounded by shrapnel, and several buildings were damaged.