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2 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in Northern Gaza, 4 Detained in Tel Aviv

Israeli strikes leave two Palestinians dead in Gaza

Date: 30 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:24

Gaza Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces tank fire and air strikes left two Palestinian fighters dead in the northern Gaza Strip overnight on Saturday.

Palestinian medical sources said that the bodies were found hours after the attack, east of Jabalia. Ambulances failed to reach the two fighters in time, and they bled to death, medics said.

The medical sources named the victims as Rabi' Muhsen and Murad Khadr, both activists with the armed wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Brigades.

Two Palestinians killed, six wounded in IOF shelling

[ 30/03/2008 - 10:53 AM ]


Two Palestinian resistance fighters were killed and a third was wounded in an IOF air raid on a group of AMB members in Jabalia north of Gaza Saturday evening while preparing to fire locally made missiles on Sderot to the north of the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for Ayman Jouda group, affiliated with the AMB the armed wing of Fatah faction, said that Rabi Mohsen and Murad Khader were killed in the missile raid.

Medical sources said that a third wounded Palestinian in the same raid was hospitalized.

IOF artillery shelling before the raid wounded five other citizens while a group of the Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, survived a similar assassination attempt Saturday night.

For its part, the Salahuddin Brigades, the armed wing of the popular resistance committees, fired a Nasser-3 home made missile at Sderot on Saturday night.

The IOF acknowledged that the missile slammed into the settlement but did not inflict any casualties or damage.

Meanwhile, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said on Saturday that it was daily trying to upgrade its combat capabilities to confront any possible IOF invasion of Gaza.

Abu Obaida, the armed wing's spokesman, said that upgrading rockets was wholly made in Gaza without any foreign involvement. He was thus refuting Hebrew press reports that claimed that Iran was assisting Hamas in developing its rockets.

The spokesman did not rule out an IOF aggression on the Strip following the Arab summit, citing the intensive hovering of IOF reconnaissance planes over the Strip round the clock.

Hamas fighters assault Israeli forces in Gaza

Date: 29 / 03 / 2008  Time:  16:31
Gaza Ma'an

The armed wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for bombing a group of Israeli occupation special forces in Beit Hanoun, at the northern end of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday.

The group said that the attack was a response to what they called the "crimes of the occupation" and the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli police detains four Palestinians in Tel-Aviv

Sunday March 30, 2008 15:38 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli police detained on Sunday four Palestinians in the Israel city of Tel-Aviv, the Israeli occupation government claims were suspected of plotting an attack in the Bet Yam locality to the south of Tel-Aviv.

Israeli media sources earlier reported that the Israeli police squads have been earlier deployed in the outskirts of the city, after they have received a warning of a Palestinian attack.

The sources added that the police personnel placed checkpoints on main crossings, causing large traffic jams.

The Israeli daily of Ma'ariv reported that only one hour after the state of high alert was declared, a special Israeli police force stopped a van of the Israeli company of Dan, apprehending four Palestinians inside.

The newspaper added that the detainees were Palestinians who stay illegally inside Israel, and that they were transferred to a an interrogation facility in Tel-Aviv.

The Israeli security services have repeatedly announced such security warnings over the past several months, as Israel continues to strictly close the West Bank and Gaza.

Also the Israeli occupation army has been involved in a series of attacks against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, as of early March Israel killed more than 120 Palestinians including 40 children in northern Gaza Strip.

Last month, a Palestinian, holding a Jerusalem ID, opened fire at students of an Israeli religious institute in Jerusalem, killing eight of them.

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