Israel Launches Predawn Air Strikes on Gaza

GAZA, January 2, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes early Saturday launched a series of air strikes targeting several locations across the Gaza Strip, which caused extensive damage to properties.

WAFA correspondent reported that an F-16 warplane targeted with at least a missile a location in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Nasr, north of Beit Lahia, causing extensive damage and a massive blast hole in the area.

Another airstrike targeted the vicinity of the Gaza International Airport, east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip, and a third strike hit a location near Abraj al-Maqusi (al-Maqusi Towers), northwest of Gaza city.

No human casualties were reported, but the strikes caused considerable material damages and spread panic among Palestinian civilians, especially children.

Israeli military said that the airstrikes came in response to the cross-border rocket firing; late on Friday, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, howvwer, no causalities or damages were reported.