Israeli warplanes target Gaza tunnels

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GAZA CITY: Israeli warplanes on Friday launched strikes against two smuggling tunnels along Gaza s border with Egypt after militants fired a rocket at Israel, a military spokesman said.

Witnesses in Gaza s border city of Rafah confirmed the air raid and said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

We attacked two tunnels, the military spokesman said. This attack comes after a rocket attack last night, he said.

The military initially said another rocket was fired at southern Israel on Friday, but later said it had been a false alert.

The Palestinians have used hundreds of tunnels to ferry food and other essential supplies into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which has been under a crippling blockade since June 2007, when the Islamists pledged to the destruction of Israel violently assumed power in the territory.

Israel says the tunnels are also used to smuggle rockets and other weapons into the densely populated enclave.

The network of tunnels was extensively bombed by Israel during its 22-day war against Hamas in December and January, when more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, and over 5,000 wounded. -AFP

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