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Israel strikes Gaza ministry
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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