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Av K - 20 november 2009 18:00

Israeli rockets hit Gaza tunnels
 
Palestinians use the tunnels to ferry food supplies and other necessities into the Gaza Strip [AFP]
 

Israeli aircraft have hit two tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military has said.

Palestinian security officials confirmed the attack on Thursday, but said there were no injuries.

Officials of the Palestinian group Hamas said two other strikes hit a military training facility close to the town of Khan Younis in the central Gaza Strip.

Israel said the strikes were in response to recent rocket attacks on Israel by fighters in Gaza, stating that they would "respond to any attempt to disrupt the calm in Israel's southern communities".

Israel launched a war on the Hamas-ruled Gaza territory in December and January last year.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the war.

Dozens of tunnels are said to criss-cross between southern Gaza and Egypt's Sinai desert, providing a lifeline to Gaza residents who are starved of basic supplies due to Israel's blockade of the territory.

Sources say there are more than 6,000 Palestinians employed in the clandestine industry.

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Av K - 5 november 2009 22:00

Toll rises in Israeli siege on Gaza
 

Israel imposed an blockade on nearly all movement and supplies in and out of Gaza [AFP]


The number of Palestinians who have died as a result of the Israeli siege on Gaza has passed 360, a statement released by the health ministry of the deposed Palestinian government in Gaza has said.

The statement followed the death of a Palestinian man on Tuesday, who was denied approval to leave the Strip to receive medical treatment abroad.

Asaad Ibrahim Mohammad Asfour, 51, who had lung cancer and cancer of the bronchial tubes, is the latest victim of Israel's siege on Gaza which began in 2007.

The ban on medicine and medical equipment being allowed into Gaza, as well as ill residents being refused permission to leave, will lead to many more deaths, the health ministry said.

It appealed to the "free and honourable world ... to end its brutal, ugly practices committed day and night in front of the entire international community".

Aid convoy trapped

The statement came as the Miles of Smiles humanitarian convoy remained trapped in Egypt for more than 20 days.

Organisers of the convoy said the delay was due to "stalling of the Egyptian authorities in easing the procedures for the convoy to enter the Strip."

The convoy is made up of more than 100 vehicles carrying humanitarian aid including 275 wheelchairs as well computers for Gazan schools that were destroyed or damaged during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip in December and Januray.

Karen Abu Zeid, the commissioner general of the UNRWA, the UN relief agency, earlier called on the Egyptian authorities to allow the UN mission to use Egypt's Rafah crossing with the occupied territories to pass into Gaza.

In June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, Israel imposed an unprecedented blockade on all crossings in and out of the Gaza Strip.

The blockade has locked in 1.5 million people in what is one of the most densely populated areas on earth.

The humanitarian situation has deteriorated further since Israel's war on Gaza which left about 1,400 Palestinians – the majority of them civilians - and 13 Israelis dead during the three-week offensive.

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