Sunday, July 17, 2011

Israeli tank fire injures seven Gazans

An Israeli tank moves along the border with the Gaza Strip. (file photo)

Source: Press TV

Seven people have been injured in an attack by Israeli tanks on the Gaza Strip, which was the fifth successive day of Israeli assaults on the Palestinian territory.

Four children were among the wounded after Israeli tanks opened fire on Gaza in the early hours of Sunday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Tel Aviv justifies its attacks on Gaza by saying they are self-defense measures in response to rockets fired into southern Israeli towns from the Gaza Strip.

However, Gaza's democratically elected Hamas government has said that Israel is only making excuses to attack the blockaded territory.

On Saturday, rescue teams discovered the body of a young man killed in an Israeli aerial attack on a tunnel between the southern city of Rafah and Egypt.

Israel regularly pounds the tunnels, accusing Palestinian resistance fighters of using the cross-border passages for smuggling and storing weapons.

But Gazans reject the allegations, maintaining that the tunnels are used to bring badly needed supplies into the region, which has been under an Israeli siege since mid-2007.

Human rights groups have condemned the Israeli aggression of the past week and called on the international community to provide protection to Gaza's 1.5 million residents.

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