Ben Weyl
February 26, 2011 - 1:00am

Israeli warplanes bombed a half-dozen targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, wounding a 7-month-old girl and a Palestinian man, medics in the coastal territory said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that there were at least two airstrikes aimed at militant targets, saying they were in response to rocket and mortar attacks on Israel.

Medics said one strike was carried out on a military post of Hamas, the Islamic militant group, in Rafah, which is on Gaza’s border with Egypt. In a home nearby, a baby was hit in the head by fragments, though medics said the injury was slight.

A Palestinian man, described by medics as a civilian, was wounded in an earlier strike on a training camp for fighters in Gaza. They referred to his condition as moderate.

Two airstrikes later in the day hit buildings empty of residents near the Israeli border. The owner of one of them had received a telephone warning beforehand, and there were no reported injuries, medics and witnesses said.

Palestinian medics also reported two Israeli airstrikes before dawn on Saturday against targets of the group Islamic Jihad. No one was hurt.

A statement from Israel’s military said that at least four rockets had been fired from Gaza since Wednesday.


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