Israeli tank shells kill 4, wound 30 in Gaza 11Nov12 November 11, 2012

Ma’an News Agency   -   11 November 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tank shells killed 4 Palestinians and wounded 30 in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics and witnesses said.

Ahmad al-Dardasawi, 18, and Muhammad Hararah, 17, were killed in Gaza City, and two unidentified men later died from injuries sustained in the attack.

At least 26 people were wounded in the shelling, with 10 said to be in a serious condition.

Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood near Gaza City was full of people paying respects to a bereaved family man when a shell struck.

Four people were also wounded in Khan Younis as Israel’s army targeted an area east of city, witnesses said.

“The occupation’s targeting of civilians was a grave escalation that must not pass in silence,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

“Resistance must be reinforced in order to block the aggression.”

The casualty toll is one of the highest in a single incident in Gaza in recent months.

Israel’s army said four soldiers were injured when an “anti-tank missile was fired at an IDF patrol along the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.”

Two soldiers were seriously wounded and two moderately injured, Israeli media said.

Israeli forces targeted several sites in response, the statement added.

The Popular Resistance Committees said it had fired four rockets at communities close to the border and the towns of Sderot and Netivot in southern Israel, in what it called “the revenge invoice” for the deaths in Gaza.

The attacks took place during a period of increased violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, was killed on Thursday after Israeli forces targeted houses and farms east of Khan Younis, according to Ashraf al-Qidra, a medical spokesman in Gaza.

On Tuesday, three Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosive device in the southern Gaza Strip, Israel’s army said.

A day earlier, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man who approached a fence near Gaza’s border with Israel, medics said.

 

Israel blames Hamas for Gaza blast
Aljazeera   -   9 November 2012

 

Ehud Barak, Israeli defence minister, has blamed Hamas for a blast along the border with the Gaza Strip which wounded an Israeli soldier.

Barak said on Friday that Israel was currently considering how and when to respond.

“Israel views with great seriousness the detonation of an explosive tunnel along the border with the Gaza Strip, south of Kissufim” a statement released by Barak’s office read.

A nearby soldier suffered minor injuries, probably from shrapnel, an Israeli military spokesman said.

The Israeli military said the blast had thrown an army vehicle 20 metres into the air, although no one was inside it at the time.

“During routine activity just inside the security fence, there was a large explosion that caused a vehicle to be thrown into the air. Luckily no one was in the vehicle at the time,” a spokesman said.

The blast, on a section of the border near the southern city of Khan Yunis, was claimed by the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement and came hours after Hmeid Abu Daqqa, a 13-year-old Palestinian, was shot dead by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter in the same area, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses said.

“Thirteen-year-old Hmeid Yunes Abu Daqqa was killed by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter during an incursion in Abasan and Al-Qarara,” said Ashraf al Qudra, health ministry spokesperson, referring to two neighbourhoods east of Khan Yunis.

Witnesses confirmed that Israeli helicopters had opened fire as tanks carried out an incursion, sparking a brief exchange of fire with fighters.

A military spokesman on Friday confirmed troops had been operating in the area and had fired “towards open areas in the vicinity” after coming under attack by gunmen.

“During a routine activity west of Nirim, troops found a number of explosive devices and detonated them in a controlled manner. As a result of earlier fire toward them, they fired towards open areas in the vicinity,” he said.

The Popular Resistance Committees said its fighters had confronted an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer involved in a short-range incursion beyond Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli military official said the soldiers responded by firing at “suspicious locations”.

The incident broke nearly two weeks of a lull in violence between Gaza gunmen and Israeli forces since the last wave of fighting that killed several fighters, mostly from Hamas.

 

 

Boy killed ‘by Israeli gunfire’ in Gaza
Aljazeera    -     8 November 2012

Gunfire from Israeli forces has killed a Palestinian boy in the besieged Gaza Strip, local medics have said, during border clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian fighters.

The Popular Resistance Committees said its fighters had confronted an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer involved in a short-range incursion beyond Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip.

“Terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence,” an Israeli military spokeswoman said in Jerusalem.

An Israeli military official said the soldiers responded by firing at “suspicious locations”.

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, said the boy had been killed near the border.

“Thirteen-year-old Hmeid Yunes Abu Daqqa was killed by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter during an incursion in Abasan and Al-Qarara,” he said, referring to two neighbourhoods east of Khan Yunis.

Witnesses confirmed that Israeli helicopters had opened fire as Israeli tanks carried out an incursion east of the city.

Palestinian gunmen fired mortar shells at the tanks, sparking a brief exchange of fire, they said.

The incident broke nearly two weeks of a lull in violence between Gaza gunmen and Israeli forces since the last wave of fighting that killed several fighters, mostly from Hamas.


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