December 28, 2008 / 1:07 AM / 10 years ago

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.”

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

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