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Israeli Aircraft Destroy Suspected Bomb Factory in Gaza Strip

Israeli aircraft have destroyed a suspected bomb factory in the Gaza Strip used by the militant Islamic group Hamas. At least 10 people were reported injured in the raid.

The building was empty at the time of the attack, but some residents who lived nearby were hit by flying debris and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Eyewitnesses say they saw several Israeli Apache helicopters and an F-16 fighter plane in the area at the time of the raid. The aircraft fired rockets at a Palestinian building near the town of Khan Younis.

Israeli security officials claim that the building housed a laboratory for making explosive devices for Hamas.

Such devices have often been used by Hamas to carry out suicide bombings.

Israeli officials added that the plant was being run by Yusef Abdel Wahab, a member of Hamas, who is on Israel's most wanted list of Palestinian fugitives.

Israel has frequently fired on such Palestinian activists in a policy it calls "targeted killings", leading to speculation that the strike was in fact a botched assassination attempt.

The raid came one day after Palestinians fired five mortar shells at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. There were no injuries.

In separate incidents, Israel captured a suspected Palestinian suicide bomber Saturday who had entered the Jewish State from the West Bank. In Nablus, a Palestinian man was shot and killed as he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier in an army jeep.