GAZA, Oct 28 (KUNA) -- An Israeli aircraft attacked a group of members of
the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza on Sunday killing one activist and Israeli
ground troops bulldozed Palestinian properties at the demarcation line between
the strip and Israeli-patrolled territories.
Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman of the health department in Gaza, said in a
statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) an Israeli missile-equipped
reconnaissance aircraft fired a single rocket at the Palestinians on Salah
Eddine Street in the town of Khan Youness. The raid resulted in death of
27-year-old Suliman Al-Qarra, a member of Ezz-Eddine Al-Qassam Brigade,
military wing of the Islamic movement. Another Hamas activist was wounded and
transported to hospital for treatment of medium wounds.
Ezz-Eddine Al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement acknowledging that
Al-Qarra was member of the faction and that he "had fallen as a martyr in
Zionist bombing that targeted a group of members of the organization."
Simultaneously, an Israeli ground force, led by three Merkava tanks and
equipped with four bulldozers, advanced at dawn toward a Palestinian-inhabited
region east of the village of Abasan, located east of Khan Youness. The force
moved amid a hail of gunfire targeting the Palestinians' houses, cultivated
fields and properties. Shortly later, the troops started bulldozing and
ravaging structures and groves in the region.
The fresh military actions followed a three-day shaky lull that had been
mediated by Egypt. The strip witnessed, last week, record military escalation
that resulted in death of eight Palestinians.
Hamas' gunners often target Israeli settlements and towns and Tel Aviv
retaliates with air strikes. (end)
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