Friday, August 26, 2011

New Israeli raids on Gaza

Three Palestinians were killed in Israeli air raids during the night of Wednesday to Thursday, August 25 in the Gaza Strip. These new attacks bring to five the number of victims in 24 hours, according to a report from Palestinian medical sources. A Palestinian was killed during an attack in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, during which twenty were wounded.

In addition, another Palestinian seriously injured Wednesday night during a previous Israeli attack against a smuggling tunnel near Rafah in southern Gaza, died. A fourth Palestinian killed Wednesday night Atya Moqat, was part of Islamic Jihad, according to a statement issued in Gaza by the al-Quds Brigades, armed wing of the radical organization.

On the night of Wednesday, Ismail Al-Asmar was also killed by an Israeli strike as he was driving to the border with Egypt. The Israeli army said it had targeted "a militant affiliated with Islamic Jihad, involved in arms smuggling and terrorist activities in the Sinai" Egyptian. Finally, the dismembered body of a man of 65, Ishmael Amoum, was discovered Wednesday night in the area of the Israeli strike in a field near the refugee camp of Deir Al-Balah.

Israeli raids launched after several rocket attacks into southern Israel, which have no victims, endanger the fragile truce between Hamas in power in Gaza and Israel. The main Palestinian factions in Gaza were in fact agreed on Monday to stop the fire "if Israel stops its attacks" against the country.

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