Israeli warplanes strike on Gaza, one killed

Other News Materials 10 February 2008 04:51 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, killing one Hamas militant and wounding about 10 people, witnesses and medics said.

The Israeli airstrikes came after militant groups continued launching homemade rockets Saturday from Gaza toward communities in southern Israel.

Israeli Radio reported that a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in the town of Sderot in southern Israel, wounding two Israelis including one child.

Palestinian witnesses said that an F16 warplane fired one missile at a blacksmith store in southern Gaza City, adding that a huge explosion was heard, where rescue teams and firefighters were called to the scene.

Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services, said by telephone that eight civilians were injured in the airstrike. Witnesses said the building was badly damaged.

Earlier Saturday night, an Islamic Hamas militant was killed when an Israeli aircraft fired one missile at a group of militants in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

Medics in Rafah Hospital said that Mohamed Imteir, a militant leader in the Hamas movement's armed wing, was killed and two other Hamas militants were wounded.

Hamas sources, meanwhile, said that Israeli aircraft carried out a third airstrike Saturday night at a post belonging to Hamas' armed wing in the town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

Palestinian residents of Rafah said that Israeli aircraft came back again and rocketed a building said to be a storehouse for Hamas arms and rockets.