Gaza, 24 Jumadil Awwal 1434/5 April 2013 (MINA) – Correspondent of Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) in Gaza, Mohammad Hussain confirmed that Israel launched three fire F16 missiles  in northern Gaza due to air strike attacks on Tuesday night (2/4).

Husain said, the pounding of three missiles which was launched by Israeli warplanes was clearly heard by Indonesian volunteers who were working on the development of Indonesian Hospital (RSI) in northern Gaza of Bayt Lahiya.

“Among the three missiles which were launched by Israeli fighter planes,  two missiles landed in an empty land  near the centre of Gaza city and a missile was leading to Bayt Lahiya area, the area where the RSI is built,” Husain said on Wednesday afternoon (3/4 ).

Husain also confirmed that it was the first air strikes launched by Israel since the ceasefire in November 2012 ago. It did not give any effect to the activities of residents in Gaza Strip.

“Until now there was no effect of the air strikes, the community do their activities as usual,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza, he said that Israeli aircraft bombarded an open area in northern Gaza. No casualties, only a few buildings were destroyed.

Previously, Indonesian technical coordinator of RSI in Gaza, Nur Ikhwan Abadi just returned to Indonesia said that before  his return, he saw an Israeli combat F-16 aircraft  and a drones flew around the Gaza Strip sky.

“Israeli combat F-16 aircraft  and a drones were clearly visible around the Gaza city skyline ” said Nur Ikhwan in Jakarta, Sunday (31/3).

Israel claimed that the attack was in retaliation to the rocket attacks from Gaza, but Israel did not give further explanation of when and where the attack was launched.

Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt after eight days of fighting that killed at least 170 Palestinians and six Israelis and hundreds of others injured in the last November 2012.

The location of RSI near to the border of Palestinian territory which occupied by Israel, which is about 2.5 km from the border fence in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Palestine.

32 Indonesian volunteers have been working in RSI construction. They come from various job skills, ranging from bricklayers, electricians, water expert, civil engineers and so on. All volunteers come from Al Fattah Islamic boarding school, Bogor, West Java as the partners of Medidal Emergency Rescue-Commettee (MER-C) and Radio Silaturrahim (Rasil).

The hospital is a proof of a long-term friendship between Indonesian and Palestinians in which the donated funds come from Indonesia.

At present, the development of RSI in both the physical construction and electrical network had a total cost of Rp. 37 billion ($ 3,7 million). (L/P04/P03)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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