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Israeli warplanes strike Palestinian office building

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 11:28 IST

Israeli army F-16 warplanes fired rockets at the Hamas-led Palestinian foreign ministry building in Gaza City in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, wounding 10 people and causing severe destruction.

Israeli pilotless drones and F-16 warplanes flew over Gaza City, and three rockets were suddenly fired at the southern neighbourhood of Remal in Gaza City, a DPA reporter observed.

The flashes lit up the darkened area for a few seconds, followed by huge explosions that shook most of the buildings in the neighbourhood. Dust and smoke then settled on the area.

Palestinian security sources said that the six-storey building that was targeted belonged to the foreign ministry of the Palestinian Authority ministries. The fifth and sixth floors were badly damaged.

The office of Mahmoud al-Zahhar, the Palestinian foreign minister, is on the fifth floor.

Flames of fire and smoke came out from the two top floors in the building, where ambulances and firefighters arrived immediately.

Joma'a al-Saqqa, chief of public relations at Shiffa Hospital in Gaza City, said that 10 residents were injured, most of them children under the age of 12.

A few days ago, Israeli warplanes destroyed the offices of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and interior minister Said Siam. Haniya, al-Zahhar and Siam are also senior Hamas leaders.