Three killed in Israeli airstrike east of Gaza City 25Sep09 September 26, 2009

Ma’an  -  25 September 2009

3 killed in ISraeli attack GAza Sep09

Three Palestinian militants were killed and another injured in an Israeli airstrike on the northeastern Gaza Strip on Saturday night, according to Palestinian medics and the de facto government’s Ministry of the Interior.

“Preliminary reports are three dead and a number injured,” said Ihab Al-Ghusein, a spokesman for the Gaza Interior Ministry.

Dr Mu’aweiyah Hassanein, head of ambulance and emergency services at Gaza’s Health Ministry, identified the deceased as Kamel Ad-Dahduh, Mahmoud Al-Bana and Mohammad Marshud.

Ma’an’s correspondent, reporting from Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, said the three men were affiliated with Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, and that one was the son of former Al-Quds leader Khaled Ad-Dahduh. The men were killed by an Israeli warplane that targeted their car as they drove on Al-Jaru Street in the At-Tuffah neighborhood east of Gaza City, according to our correspondent.

A spokesman for Israel’s military confirmed the airstrike, and said the three men were en route to launch projectiles toward the western Negev. He alleged that the same “squad” had launched two projectiles toward the southern Israeli town of Sderot in recent weeks.

Abu Ahmad, a representative for Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, confirmed in a statement that “the three resistance fighters were on a standard mission” when the car was struck, and warned that the attack would not go unanswered. “This shelling allows the [Al-Quds] Brigades and other factions to respond.”


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