Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Gaza: Israeli aircraft pound Islamic National Bank

An Israeli air force F-15 Eagle jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Palestinian mourners in Gaza carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike (AP)

Israeli aircraft have battered the headquarters of the Gaza Strip bank set up by Hamas chiefs to sidestep international sanctions.

Today's strike on the Islamic National Bank in Gaza City was part of the widening Israeli onslaught against the militants and their rocket squads targeting Israel. The offensive is now in its seventh day.

The inside of the bank was destroyed, and a building supply business in the basement was damaged.

The bank's 31-year-old owner, Suleiman Tawil, condemned the strike, saying he was not "involved in politics".

Hamas set up the bank after foreign lenders, afraid of running afoul of international terror financing laws, stopped doing business with the militant-led Gaza government.

The US, Israel and others in the West consider Hamas a terror group.

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