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More than 30 Palestinians wounded in new Israeli attack

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GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) -- More than 30 Palestinians were wounded early Wednesday when Israeli forces attacked a Palestinian refugee camp with tanks and helicopters, witnesses said.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said they saw shelling by tanks and Israeli helicopter gunships firing missiles near Khan Yunis and a block of Jewish settlements. A few houses were destroyed in the attack, they said.

Israeli military officials denied they used helicopters, but confirmed there was a "very heavy" exchange of small arms fire in the area.

On Tuesday, Israeli missiles hit the Palestinian naval police headquarters near Gaza City where one person was killed.

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In a separate strike, anti-tank shells hit a Palestinian military intelligence building in Deir el-Balah.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 14 people were injured in the two attacks.

"This is a declaration of war and we have to defend ourselves," said the head of Palestinian national security, Abdul Raza Majaideh. "These attacks are part of a series of Israeli aggressions on the Palestinian people without reason."

Israel said the strikes were in response to ongoing Palestinian mortar attacks on Jewish settlements.



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