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15 injured in Israeli airstrikes

world Updated: May 26, 2010 08:40 IST

Israeli warplanes rocketed two targets at midnight in Gaza Strip, leaving at least 15 people lightly wounded, witnesses and medical sources said.

The witnesses said that Israeli F-16s carried out four successive airstrikes on Gaza's inoperative airport in the southern Gaza Strip, and two other airstrikes on a Hamas training camp in the northern part of the territory.

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamic Hamas movement, said that civilians and police officers were among those wounded in the airstrike on the training camp.

The sources said no injuries were reported when missiles were fired into Gaza Airport east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The airport has been inoperative since the beginning of the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel in 2000.

Gaza Airport was built by the Palestinian Authority in 1998.

The witnesses, who live close to the airport, said they saw warplanes cirling over the area before hearing four successive explosions.

Residents of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun described two explosions in the area as a result of F-16 strikes on the training camp of al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing.

The Israeli airstrikes were a response to earlier homemade rockets fired toward southern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported, where Israel vowed retaliation to the rockets attack.