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Gaza official: 3 dead, 7 hurt in Israel air strike | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – An Israeli air strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Tuesday killed three Palestinians and wounded seven, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.

The official, Dr. Moaiya Hassanain, said the men were all smugglers caught in the tunnel during the pre-dawn Israeli strike.

An Israeli military statement said the air force struck in retaliation for a cross-border mortar attack Monday into southern Israel, in which an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded.

The Israeli government has pledged a military response to every attack.

The military said Palestinians in Gaza have fired about 220 rockets and mortar shells at Israel since it ended a three-week war against the militants on Jan. 18.