Israel bombs Gaza tunnels during Eid Al-Fitr

Israeli warplanes bombed tunnels along the Gaza Strip's southern border with Egypt during Eid Al-Fitr, a Palestinian news agency said.

Israel bombs Gaza tunnels during Eid Al-Fitr


World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli warplanes bombed tunnels along the Gaza Strip's southern border with Egypt during Eid Al-Fitr, a Palestinian news agency said.

Gazas economy is dependent on the tunnels, increasingly under attack by both Israeli and Egyptian forces. Tens have been killed in the underground system over the past months, and dozens more over the nearly three years of Gaza siege. The industry remains, however, the only growing work opportunity in Gaza.

Area residents told Ma'an the jets fired four rockets, causing destruction but no casualties, Maan news agency said.

The Israeli military spokesperson said that the air force targeted three tunnels in Rafah.

The airstrike came hours after Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian fighters who approached Gaza's northern border on Saturday night.

The vast majority of tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip are used to import food, fuel, and consumer goods from Egypt. A small number are used to smuggle weapons.

Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.

Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing more than 1300 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300.

Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.

But Israel imposes heavy blockade on entry of infrastracture materials under the pretext of Palestinians can use them as "weapon" materials.
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