Monday, October 18, 2010

Israeli strike kills two in Gaza

A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds sustained Sunday morning during an Israeli airstrike northwest of Gaza City, bringing the death toll up to two. A medical source identified the second Palestinian killed in the bombings as 22-year-old Muhammad Hisham Zaqout. Earlier, Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said Mahmoud Jabir Washah, 21, was killed when Israel's air force struck the As-Sudaniyya neighborhood near Gaza City. 
A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said that Israel Air Force attacked 'terrorist cells' planning to launch Qassam rockets or mortar bombs at Israel. According to Palestinian reports, Israel Navy attacked a Hamas training facility north of Gaza city.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers, and will continue to act firmly against terror," an army statement said Sunday, adding that Israel held "Hamas solely responsible for the situation in Gaza and for maintaining the peace there.
Earlier this month, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses reported that an Israeli aircraft struck a car traveling south of Gaza City, wounding three people.
According to Palestinian witnesses, the Golf car was hit by one missile. Medical officials confirmed the three people injured in the strike were taken to a hospital in the centre of the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the main target of the strike was Ahmad al-Ashkar, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) militant group.

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