Palestine: 7 Palestinians killed in Israeli raid in Gaza

12th Nov 2018
Palestine: 7 Palestinians killed in Israeli raid in Gaza

By Mohammed Majid, Said Ammouri

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA): At least seven Palestinians, including a Hamas military commander, were killed and another seven injured late Sunday in an Israeli raid in southern Gaza Strip, said officials.

Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, said in a statement that the Palestinians were killed after Israeli forces targeted a group of people east of the city of Khan Younis.

Al-Qidra identified the victims as Nour al-Din Muhammad Salama Baraka, 37, Mohammed Majid Mousa al-Qara, 23, Alaeddin Mohammed Qweider, 22, Mustafa Hassan Abu Odeh, 21, Mahmoud Atallah Musbeh, 25, Alaa Nasrallah Abdullah Fseifes, 24, and Omar Naji Abu Khater, 21.

Al-Qidra announced that the ministry has declared a state of alert for all of its crews.

In a statement, Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, confirmed the attack and said Baraka, one of their commanders, was among the killed.  The undercover soldiers used a civilian car to drive three kilometers into the area of Abu Shanab Mosque, east of Khan Younis, and assassinated Baraka.

“Our fighters pursued the Israeli force and the security incident [clashes] is ongoing,” read the statement.

The army also fired several shells into lands, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in addition to firing many flares

The Israeli army said its forces carried out a “security operation” in the Gaza Strip, followed by violent clashes.

One undercover Israeli soldier was killed and another slightly injured an exchange of fire during the operation, said the army.

The Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said “at least 10 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

“Two of them were intercepted by the iron dome,” he said of Israeli air-defense system.

Israeli media source said that, after the army assault, Al-Qassam fired at least ten shells into Israel area, and added that the Iron Done system “intercepted two of them.”

No one claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut off his visit in French capital Paris and returned to Israel Sunday night due to the deadly incidents, said his office.

Netanyahu was attending an event there to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Additional report from imemc.org 

[Photo: Earlier attack by Israeli troops in Gaza killed Mohammed Alaa Abu Sherbin, 33, in Rafah on 9 November 2018. Photo shows his relatives mourning during the funeral ceremony. Photographer: Mustafa Hassona/AA]

 

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