Sunday, February 1, 2009

Israeli F-16s pound the Gaza Strip

Israeli F-16 warplanes bomb several areas in the Gaza Strip, including an empty police station and the borderline between Gaza and Egypt.

Israeli warplanes Sunday night hovered over the town of Rafah and fired at least four heavy bombs at a borderline area between Rafah and Egypt, residents reported saying that there were no injuries.

One resident said that he saw dozens of families leaving their homes earlier this evening and moving to safer places in the northern area of the town.

Israeli jets also struck a police station twice turning it into rubbles, but no injuries were reported as it was empty.

Israel claims that it struck the police station after eight homemade rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli settlements.

Hamas and Israel declared ceasefire following a furious 22-day Israeli military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, where over 1,330 Palestinians were killed and more than 5,400 injured, mostly civilians.

Efforts are underway to mediate a longer term truce between Israel and Hamas. A one-and-half-year ceasefire is expected to be declared on Feb. 5, latest reports claim.


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