More Palestinian homes razed

Over 20 Israeli military vehicles, backed by five bulldozers and Apache helicopters, have demolished at least seven Palestinian homes along the Egyptian border south of Rafah in Gaza, reports Aljazeera's correspondent.

    Since September 2000, Israelis have destroyed 1500 houses

    The Israeli occupation forces on Thursday attacked al-Shoauth and al-Barahma neighbourhoods, in south Gaza, correspondent Sameer Abu Shammalah said.


    An Israeli helicopter had earlier fired at least two missiles at two different targets, one in the al-Shoauth neighbourhood and the other a Palestinian house in al-Sultan neighbourhood west of the Rafah camp.


    The Israeli military operation in Rafah is continuing, the correspondent said.


    Heavy gunfire


    Home demolitions are leaving
    many Palestinians destitute

    Israeli forces fired missiles and opened heavy gunfire at the two neighbourhoods in an attempt to force Palestinian families out of their homes, he said.  


    However, some families preferred to remain in their houses, despite the attack, he added. 


    The Israeli army has been targeting al-Shoauth neighbourhood for around four days, saying it wants to prevent Palestinians from targeting Israeli military vehicles, look for tunnels used by Palestinians to smuggle arms from Egypt, and to demolish the infrastructure of resistance fighters, thecorrespondent said. 


    "Citizens of these areas have been calling on international organisations to rescue them," he said.


    The United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees has said that nearly 1500 houses have been destroyed in the Rafah region since the September 2000 start of the Palestinian uprising.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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