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Israeli occupation forces injure 5 Palestinians, kidnap 7 members of one Palestinian family in Gaza

IOF troops kidnap 7 members of one family in northern Gaza

[ 19/03/2008 - 04:58 PM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday kidnapped seven members of a Palestinian family east of Beit Hanun city to the north of the Gaza Strip after wreaking havoc in the family home.

Eyewitnesses reported that the soldiers advanced into eastern Beit Hanun and encircled a house for Salah family amidst intensified firing.

They added that the soldiers kidnapped Assad Fahmi Salah, his three sons, and his brother Sa'eed and his two sons.

The occupation forces bulldozed large areas of cultivated lands in the area while artillery shells slammed in fields east of Gaza city.

A Palestinian society for prisoners and ex-prisoners denounced the IOF kidnapping of seven civilians after savagely breaking into their home.

Wa'ed society said that the kidnapping fell in line with the policy of holocaust against Gaza and the mass punishment imposed on the Strip.

In retaliation to IOF atrocities, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, on Wednesday fired a number of mortar shells at an IOF position east of Gaza.

Israeli air strike wound five Palestinians in Gaza; resistance retaliates

[ 18/03/2008 - 09:41 PM ]


At least five Palestinians, including three members of the Islamic Jihad, were wounded on Tuesday night after an Israeli reconnaissance plane targeted their vehicle in Beit Lahai city, north of Gaza Strip, Palestinian security and medical sources confirmed to the PIC correspondent.

According to the sources, the Israeli drone unleashed an air-to-surface missile at a car in which the three Islamic Jihad fighters were traveling, wounding them and two passers by.

The sources described the condition of at least two of the wounded Palestinian as "very serious".

However, eyewitnesses in the area opined that the shelling was carried out by an Israeli tank stationed at the boarder of the Gaza Strip and not by a drone.

In the West Bank, large numbers of IOF troops backed by military vehicles and jeeps ended a military incursion into the village of Zababda , east of Jenin, at dawn Tuesday arresting an Imam of a local mosque identified by local residents as Fathi Kutait, 40, who is reportedly one of Hamas supporters in the village.

According to the village's inhabitants, the IOF troops claimed that they were searching for "wanted" Palestinian activists; but they failed to arrest any of them although they ransacked and searched tens of Palestinian homes in the village.

Meanwhile, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, said in a military communiqué it issued and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC that its fighters shot at Israeli choppers hovering over the Dair Al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip.

A couple of days ago, the Israeli army acknowledged that the "ground defenses" of the QB succeeded in hitting an Israeli Apache chopper for the first time since four decades.

The QB also fired a number of mortar shells at the site of the Israeli military aerostat east of Khan Younis city, south of Gaza Strip.

For its part, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP, took the credit for firing three locally-made rockets at the Israeli military airstrip, east of Al-Buraij camp in central Gaza Strip.

Both Palestinian armed wings asserted in a separate military communiqués that the rocket and mortar attacks were in retaliation to the continued Israeli aggression on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"We vow to use all [the weapons] we possess in confronting the Israeli enemy, and we vow to defeat its coward army at the thresholds of the steadfast Gaza Strip", underlined the QB in its military communiqué.

Hundreds of Palestinian citizens were killed an wounded, the bulk of them civilians including many children, with IOF troops' weapons in Gaza Strip and the West Bank since the start of this year. 


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