Palestinian killed in Gaza Strip as Hamas marks 17th anniversary
A Palestinian security man was killed Tuesday by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Palestinian medical officials said. Samir Khafaja, 27, was walking in the street when he was shot in the head and chest, medical officials said. Two other Palestinian security personnel were wounded.
In another incident, a worker from Thailand died Tuesday when mortar shells landed at the hothouse of a settlement in the Gaza Strip where she was working, Israeli sources reported.
Israeli occupation forces demolished more than ten houses in the Nemsawi neighborhood West of Khan Younis camp, south of Gaza Strip at dawn Tuesday.
Local Palestinian sources said that the Israeli forces backed by military tanks moved into the area and demolished more than ten houses and destroyed others along with agricultural lands.
In another agression, the Israeli forces also demolished two houses in Hebron.
Meanwhile, on its 17th anniversary, Hamas said Tuesday that "resistance is the movement's strategic choice in order to repel the occupation from our blessed land," adding that any attempt to stop the resistance under any pretax would not be beneficial.
"The (Israeli) assassination attempts against the movement's leadership in Palestine and outside...will not terrorize it and will not prevent it from continuing resisting the occupation."
Hamas also called on implementing internal political reforms.