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Israeli airstrikes target site in Gaza Strip

GAZA, Monday, August 26, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes early Monday morning targeted a site in Beit Lahia town in the northern besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He confirmed that Israeli F-16 jets pounded a site near the village of Um Nuseir, north of Beit Lahia, completely destroying it and causing damages to nearby civilian houses.

No human casualties were reported, however.

Israeli military claimed the airstrike was carried out in retaliation from rockets launched from Gaza toward southern Israel on Sunday evening.

Israel has maintained a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas won the elections and took over power in the strip in 2007, denying the impoverished enclave’s two million population their basic rights and causing a decline in their standard of living coupled with unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty.

Israel maintains a heavy naval presence, restricting any traffic in and out of the enclave, and s the distance Gaza’s fishermen can travel to fish, severely affecting the livelihoods of some 4,000 fishermen and at least 1,500 more people involved in the fishing industry.

Israel has over the past decade launched three major onslaughts on Gaza that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

K.F.

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