Israeli air raids hit southern Gaza

Tunnel near Rafah hit as Israelis and Palestinians begin indirect talks.

    Palestinians say tunnels are a lifeline for bringing in supplies because of Israel's blockade of Gaza

    Mitchell is to mediate the planned four-month indirect talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

    Negotiations have stalled since Israel's three-week assault on the Gaza Strip in December 2008.

    One of the targets Israel hit on Monday was reported to be a tunnel in Rafah.

    Israel accuses Palestinians of using a vast network of tunnels to smuggle weapons into the territory; Palestinians say the tunnels are a lifeline for bringing in essential supplies because Israel has blockaded the territory since June 2007, when Hamas seized control from Abbas's Fatah faction.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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