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Israel strikes Gaza ministry
Al Jazeera
05 July 2006

The interior ministry building was damaged during the raid

Israeli warplanes have struck the Palestinian interior ministry for the second time in a week.

Rescue workers said two people were wounded in Wednesday`s strike and witnesses said a building next to the ministry was hit, causing some damage.

The Israeli military confirmed that it bombed the ministry`s main building.

Hamas controls the ministry, which has nominal authority over some Palestinian security forces.

Palestinian fighters, meanwhile, hit a large Israeli city with a rocket from Gaza for the first time on Tuesday.

The attack caused no casualties but drew a pledge of harsh retaliation from Israel, which is already in the midst of a military offensive against Gaza.

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, described the rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon as a `major escalation`.

The attack came hours after a deadline set by Palestinian fighters holding an Israeli soldier passed with Israel rejecting demands to release Palestinian prisoners.


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