Israeli fighter jets late on Tuesday 2nd February attacked several targets in southern Gaza Strip, including on what used to be Gaza's International Airport in southern Gaza. Minutes later, F-16 planes dropped bombs on a tunnel located on Palestinian-Egyptian border in Rafah.
The raids did not result in any human casualties at the Gaza International Airport, but Abu Yousef Al Najjar hospital confirmed at least one Palestinian was wounded in the shelling of the tunnel.
This escalation came hours after the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said his army will respond to the discovery of 3 explosive laden barrels found off the seashores of the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
It is bitterly ironic that these air strikes come hours after Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended the Herzliya Conference, shook hands with Israel's defence minister Ehud Barak and called for an end to the occupation of the West Bank and the construction of settlements.
Below are some MEMO exclusive pictures of the bombarded Gaza International Airport.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad