Israeli forces roll into destroyed Rafah airport in S Gaza

China View, Feb. 13, 2008

GAZA (Xinhua) -- A number of Israeli army tanks on Wednesday rolled into the destroyed airport of Rafah town in southern Gaza Strip after withdrawing last night following clashes, witnesses said.

Five tanks and two bulldozers took up positions in the airport, the only airport in the Gaza Strip which operated from 1998 until it was closed in 2001, said the witnesses.

In the past years, Israel destroyed large parts of the airport, including the control tower and the runway.

It was reported that clashes erupted between Palestinian militants and the Israeli troops on Tuesday before the vehicles retreating at midnight.

The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said that one of its fighters was injured during the last night clashes, who was transferred to a Gaza hospital.

Meanwhile, the military wing of Islamic Hamas movement claimed responsibility for firing several mortar shells toward the invading forces.

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