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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza refugee camp
Published Monday 13/01/2014 (updated) 15/01/2014 10:30
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on Monday targeted al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip after rockets fired by Palestinians landed in southern Israel.

A Ma'an reporter in Gaza said that no injuries were reported but Israeli jets were still overhead.

Israeli armed forces said in a statement that planes had "targeted two terror sites in the central and southern Gaza Strip," which were "used to enhance terror capabilities against Israel."

"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement added.

Israeli media reported that three rockets were fired at Israeli sites from Gaza including two during the funeral of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday.

A Ynet report said that there were no injuries or damage as a result of the rockets, which landed in an open area near the border fence.

The report added that Israeli forces were not "planning to respond."

The rockets came toward the end of Sharon's funeral, which took place at his ranch near Sderot in southern Israel.

Sharon died on Saturday after eight years in a coma.

Sharon is remembered in the wider Middle East as leading Israel's devastating 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which killed up to 20,000 people, and for presiding over the massacre of around 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
13/01/2014 18:54
How would it be if the word "terror" would be dropped from media reports ?

2 ) Henrietta / Holland
13/01/2014 19:26
Don't fire rockets at the Jewish State of Israel's funerals, and Israel will not bomb you back to the stone-age. These rocket attacks were very bad form and very bad taste.

3 ) @ The Editor / Honesty
13/01/2014 20:35
THE Story's TITLE OFFENDS THE TRUTH, where
- "Israeli airstrikes may have hit a "Gaza refugee camp", but Honestly
- THE "TARGET" WAS A ROCKET LAUNCHING SQUAD,
as usual, OR SOME other associated TERROR-related FACILITY,
that almost certainly was involved in actively targeting Israeli civilians !!

4 ) Sarah / USA
13/01/2014 20:54
Note: This is failure of iron dome

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/01/2014 22:12
It's a commemoration for Sharon's funeral. A three year old was wounded. Sharon would have been pleased.

6 ) HOWARD / USA
14/01/2014 00:00
I am waiting for the story, "militants fire rockets from refugee camp and strikes Israel"

7 ) Ilyas / UK
14/01/2014 00:15
20,000 and he is still called a man of peace. In my books that's most certainly a terrorist

8 ) Mel / USA
14/01/2014 02:04
Sharon was a brutal war criminal,dirty liar & back-stabbing manipulator from his days in the 101 right until his coma. He did THOUSANDS of times more damage to occupied,persecuted,Palestinian human lives & Palestinian pluralistic property than ever done by Palestinians to occupying Israel. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

9 ) Israel flies 24/7/365 / over GAZA
14/01/2014 07:47
their spy planes (robots and manned!) see every square inch of the area no one would fire on refugee camp unless the camera reported some kind of rocket firing (or simple firing) from the area.

10 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
14/01/2014 09:15
Why the word "terror" ("terror sites", "terror capabilities") ? The use of this too often used and abused term calculated to strike fear into the heart of the reader or listener is misplaced here and not in the interests of clear information. I would suggest "military sites" and "military capabilities" instead.
(Although the idea of any real military "capabilities against Israel" is laughable.)

11 ) Dimi / Germany
14/01/2014 10:18
Brave Palestinians do not loose your time to fire rockets/stab civilians in Israel and send your fighters to Syria to liberate Yarmouk camp where 18.ooo Palestinians are running into the risk to die because muslim "brothers" hinder PA to enter the camp.r

12 ) Lina / Ukraine
14/01/2014 10:43
*rocks and sling-shots =terror *normalisation of military occupation based on a book written by who knows who, who knows when and 'updated' a zillion times to comfortably suit planned conquests, war crimes normalised through defence against 'terror' policy, institutionalised psychological abuse, institutionalised ethnic inequality & cleansing =modern civilization strategy All this makes perfect sense... to the occupier and a bunch of ignorant people who aren't capable of thinking independently
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