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6 Palestinians Killed, including a child, during Israeli air attacks on Gaza today, death toll reaches 18

Palestinian baby killed in Israeli airstrike

[ 28/02/2008 - 01:11 AM ]


A five-month-old Palestinian baby was killed and ten others were wounded in six different Israeli airstrikes on different targets in the Gaza Strip carried out just before mid-night Wednesday.

The airstrikes targeted two different buildings of the PA Interior Ministry, two metal workshops, a garage and a car-battery shop.

Dr. Mu'awiyah Hassanain, the director of emergency services at the PA Ministry of health confirmed the death of baby Muhammad al-Bora'i and that seven of the wounded are women and children after Israeli occupation helicopters struck the Interior Ministry building near Shifa Hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that the airstrike resulted in the demolition of 3 floors of the four-storey building and caused damage to near-by homes resulting in casualties amongst their residents.

Two airstrikes targeted two metal workshops, one in Gaza city and the other in Khan Younis. A third airstrike targeted a car repair workshop in Khan Younis and a fourth targeted a car battery shop in Gaza city.

Furthermore, Israeli F16's struck another Interior Ministry building in Gaza city, destroying the 3-storey building, wounding 3 people and causing serious damage to surrounding buildings.

Six killed, including a child, during Israeli air attacks on Gaza, death toll reaches 18

Thursday February 28, 2008 11:45 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Palestinian medical sources reported that five Palestinians among them one child were killed on Thursday after Israeli air raids which targeted several areas of the Gaza strip.

Mohamed Al-Bara'y, five months old, was announced dead on Thursday after sustaining wounds on Wednesday evening when Israeli jet fighters bombed the Palestinian Authority offices in Gaza city.

One Palestinian civilian was killed and another four were injured when Israeli war plans fired missiles at a group of civilians to the east of Gaza city. Medical sources named the killed as Jawad Tafish, 23.

Earlier the Al-Qassam Brigades the armed wing of the Hamas movement said that Israeli jet fighters attacked a group of its resistance men in Gaza city on Thursday morning; two were killed in the attack. The brigades named the two as Luoai Qanitah and Hamzah Al-Haiyah. The Hamas movement said that Hamzah is the son of the Hamas movement leader Khalil Al-Haiyah.

Meanwhile the Popular Resistance Committees, a Palestinian resistance group based in the coastal region, stated on Thursday that two of its resistance fighters were killed when Israeli army jet fighters fired missiles at a group of its resistance men in Gaza city on Thursday at dawn. The group named the two as Ahmad Al-Samari and Amajad Al-Amritti.

With the six killed today the death toll in Gaza since Tuesday now stands at 18.

On Wednesday evening, three children were killed when an Israeli missile struck just few meters away from a playground in the northern part of Gaza city, where many children happened to playing football. 17 other children were also injured in the attack.

Two Palestinian farmers were killed, on Wednesday afternoon, during Israeli shelling of farm land near Gaza city in the northern part of the coastal region. On Wednesday morning five resistance fighters, members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were killed, and three others wounded in Israeli air strike.

Late on Tuesday night, an Islamic Jihad fighter was reportedly killed in Israeli fire near the Gaza-Israel border in the Al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Another farmer were killed on Tuesday afternoon when Israeli tanks opened fire at him while working his land located at the central Gaza Israel borders.

IOF troops kill five Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza and Nablus

[ 28/02/2008 - 09:53 AM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) troops killed at dawn Thursday five Palestinian fighters three of them during air strikes on east of the Shuja'iya neighborhood in Gaza and the other two during clashes with invading IOF troops in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus; whereas, a Palestinian child was proclaimed dead after he sustained wounds during an earlier Israeli strike on Gaza.

With these new deaths, the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation during 24 hours rose to 17 victims including four children one of them a five-month-old baby.

In Gaza, Palestinian security and medical sources announced on the same day the death of Luay Qunaita, a fighter of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, and the injury of another after they were targeted by Israeli warplanes east of Shuja'iya.

Another Israeli air strike on Shuja'iya in Gaza killed two Palestinian fighters affiliated with the Salahuddin Brigades, the armed wing of the popular resistance committees, one of them was a field commander called Ahmed Al-Samri.

Two separate Israeli air strikes also wounded in the same neighborhood four Palestinian citizens at least.

In the same context, medical sources announced on Thursday the death of a Palestinian child called Mohamed Hamada after he sustained the last day serious wounds during an Israeli raid targeted a group of children playing in the Sudania area, northwest of Gaza which also led to the death of two children.

In the West Bank, the IOF troops killed on the same day two Palestinian fighters affiliated with the Aqsa Brigades, the dissolved armed wing of Fatah, during fierce armed clashes with them in the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said that a large number of IOF troops preceded by a special force invaded the camp and found a fierce resistance by Aqsa fighters who used a number of explosive devices at the invading troops.

Sources in the Aqsa Brigades held the Nablus governor and the PA security officials responsible for the killing of its fighters, pointing out that there was joint coordination with the IOF troops that led to the liquidation of its fighters.

In this regard, the Islamic Jihad Movement stated on Wednesday that the Israeli escalation aims to impose frail solutions on the Palestinian people designed to block the Palestinian people from restoring his inalienable Palestinian rights specially the imposition of the roadmap plan and a Palestinian state without sovereignty and power.

In a statement received by the PIC, the movement underlined that the Israeli policy of siege and aggression would never succeed in suppressing the Palestinian people and forcing them to make concessions to their occupiers, but rather this policy would increase their adherence to resistance as a strategic option to restore their rights and liberate the Palestinian land.

In retaliation to the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, the Qassam Brigades took the credit for firing 59 homemade rockets on Wednesday on the Israeli settlement outposts adjacent to the Gaza Strip 32 of them fell on the Sderot settlement alone.

Hebrew media outlets acknowledged the death of one Israeli soldier and the injury of 10 settlers during rocket attacks, adding that the Qassam rockets inflicted damage on a factory in Sderot and caused a state of shock to four settlers.

In a communiqué received by the PIC, fighters of the Salahuddin Brigades clashed on the same day with an Israeli special force east of the Khuza'a town in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, inflicting casualties and losses in the ranks of the invading troops.

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