Gaza mosque goes up in smoke

Gaza mosque hit in Israeli air strikes

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel said it had bombed a mosque in Gaza City on Saturday because it was used for “terrorist activities.”

Palestinian medical workers said two Palestinians were killed in the attack, one of a series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza that killed 227 Palestinians in a 12-hour period.

An Israeli military spokesman said Israel had sought to avoid attacking religious institutions but “anyone responsible for attacks (on Israel) will not find refuge in any facility.”

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The spokesman said the mosque was situated in the city’s Rimal district.

He said Hamas rockets had struck Israeli houses of worship, and that one fired on Saturday had damaged a synagogue.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan)