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4 Palestinians Killed in Renewed Israeli Occupation Terrorist Attacks on Gaza Strip, 3 Wounded Die of Denied Egyptian Treatment in Al-Arish

Renewed Israeli airstrikes kill three Palestinians in Gaza

Date: 04 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:40
Gaza Ma'an

Two Palestinians have been killed and four others injured in two separate Israeli raids on Gaza City and Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, sources in Gaza said.

Twenty-three-year-old Ayman Al-Qahwaji, a fighter with the military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in the attack, the Al-Qassam Brigades said.

The dead body of a Palestinian has at arrived at Kamal Udwan hospital, medics said. The body has not yet been identified.

Israeli warplanes also dropped two bombs on a deserted house in eastern Gaza City. No casualties have been reported in that attack.

One Palestinian killed in Israeli shelling of northern Gaza

Date: 04 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:32
Gaza Ma'an

A Palestinian activist was killed on Monday afternoon as the Israeli artillery shelled the area of Izbat Abid Rabbu in the northern Gaza Strip, and three others to succumb to their wounds sustained earlier.

Muawiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency service in the Palestinian health ministry said that Muhammad Abu Hajar, an activist within Fateh's Al-Aqsa Brigades was killed in Israeli artillery shelling. A number of others were injured in the Israeli shelling.

Egyptian medical sources said Monday that Walid Abu Yousuf, an officer in the Palestinian police affiliated to the Hamas-led de facto government succumbed to his wounds sustained in an air raid on the Nussairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip a few days earlier.

Two more activists affiliated to the Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades died on Monday of their wounds sustained in the Israeli incursion in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday. Sources in Al-Quds Brigades named them as Hassan Jasser and Ghassan Abid Rabbu.

Health ministry in Gaza may stop medical transfers to Egypt over alleged mistreatment of wounded

Date: 04 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:02
Gaza Ma'an

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip is considering halting transfers of wounded Palestinians into Egypt over alleged mishandling of patients.

Officials at the Hamas-run ministry said they are mulling this decision "due to the fact that the Egyptians deal with the issue from a security point of view."

"Three injured Palestinians, Walid Abu Yousuf, Ghassan Abid Rabbu and a child whose identity was not revealed, died in Egyptian hospitals at Al-Arish city. They were supposed to be delivered to Cairo for better treatment, but unfortunately they were detained at Al-Areish where they died," an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Ma'an.

The Health Ministry sources said that medics at Al-Arish hospital had received orders not to operate on injured Palestinians, despite the presence of volunteer physicians who came to the hospital to help treat Gaza's wounded.

Furthermore, the officials said, the injured have been subject to unreasonable searches by the Egyptian security forces at the Rafah crossing.

Egypt began allowing Palestinians wounded in Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip across the border for treatment last weekend.

***Updated at 14:23 Bethlehem time

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