Israeli Air Strike on Suspected Hamas Bomb Factory

Gaza Strip, 13 July 2011. Last night the Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted an air strike on a suspected weapons manufacturing site in the Gaza Strip.

The IAF published information today, that last night IAF aircraft targeted a suspected weapons manufacturing site in northern Gaza. After the strike secondary explosions were observed which confirms that explosives were present at the site.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, say that the strike was carried out by F-16 fighter-bombers in the early dawn today at a workshop near a mosque east of Gaza City. Al-Qassam reported one woman injured and “widespread damage” caused, including a water pipeline. The report did not elaborate on the accusation that the workshop was used to make weapons for insurgents.

Israel’s action was the response to yesterdays rocket attack on Sdot Negev Regional Council, about 30 kilometers northwest of Be’er Sheva. According to the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Office two “military-use projectiles” were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, no injuries or damage was reported.

(Sources: IDF, al-Qassam Brigades; 13 July 2011)


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