At least seven Palestinians killed by Israeli fire
At least one Palestinian died and two others were injured in an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, hours after Israeli missiles killed four Palestinians, witnesses said.
An Israeli spokeswoman said an Israeli air strike had targeted two armed gunmen who were close to the security fence with Israel, Haaretz reported.
Palestinian witnesses said the blast rocked the courtyard of a residential house in a village near the southern town of Khan Younis. The dead and wounded were members of the same family, one of the wounded said.
Later, Israeli forces killed Wednesday afternoon a Palestinian and injured two others, in Khan Younis, WAFA said. He added that Ismael Abu Rouk 18, was killed on spot by an Israeli sniper in Khuza'a town, east the city while two others youths were wounded.
Medics reported that Salih Abu Ta'ima 16, and Issa al-Najjar 18, were hit by Israeli fire in the abdomen and the foot. Abu Ta'ima condition was reported to be moderate.
In the West Bank, an Islamic Jihad man was killed Wednesday when an Israeli special unit opened fire at him in Jenin. WAFA said that the Israeli unit penetrated the city and broke into Akram al-Saba'a (23) house shortly before killing him.
Four Hamas mmembers were killed late Tuesday in two Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip. In the first attack, two Hamas fighters died and ten passers-by were injured after a car went off in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Missiles hit the car and the explosion was followed by minor blasts.
The victims were identified as Ahmed A'ashur and Ahmed Arkan, members of the Hamas' military wing Ezz al-Din al-Qassam. "Two members of Hamas were in the vehicle at the time and were on their way to carry out an attack on Israel," an Israeli announcement said.
Approximately two hours later, missiles hit a car carrying two Hamas men killing them on the spot. They were named as Eyad al-Basiti and Ali Nashef.