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Israel wages multiple strikes on Gaza

Press TV [1]
Aug 16, 2011

At least one person has been killed and five others injured after Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli fighter jets fired several rockets at Zeitoun neighborhood to the east of Gaza City early on Tuesday. At least one person died while three others sustained serious injuries in the aerial attack, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Two other Palestinians were also wounded in two separate raids carried out by Israeli warplanes.

Israeli military aircraft carried out two further airstrikes east of Khan Yunis and against a supply tunnel near the Rafah border with Egypt. However, no one was injured in those attacks.

Israeli forces have carried out large numbers of ground and air attacks on Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead against the enclave in 2009.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed during the three-week Israeli land, sea and air offensive in the impoverished coastal sliver during the winter of 2008-2009. The offensive also inflicted $1.6 billion in damages to the Gazan economy.

A United Nations inquiry, led by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone, detailed what investigators have described as Israeli actions “amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity,” during its major offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Israel laid an economic siege on the Gaza Strip in June 2007, after Hamas took control of the enclave.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education. Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively, in the Gaza Strip.