Gaza Strip: Two Palestinians killed, four injured in Israeli raid

Published August 16th, 2006 - 05:22 GMT

An Israeli air strike blew up a house in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis early Wednesday, Palestinian security officials said, killing two people and injuring at least four. The attack completely destroyed the house, killing a man who was inside and wounding four neighbors, hospital officials said.


The Israeli army said the house was used as a weapons store house and that the residents were warned to leave before the strike. However, neighbors said residents of the house had apparently ignored the warnings.


The house belonged to Hassan Shaath, a local leader for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, but he was not among the casualties, family members said.


Meanwhile, Israeli forces operating in the West Bank early Wednesday nabbed six Palestinians. In el-Yamun a Fatah activist and a Hamas members were caught. Another one was captured in Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah, and three more in the Bethlehem area.


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