Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian lawmakers seek to reduce president's powers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's transgender backlash

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Battle for Venezuela: Pressure mounting on Maduro ahead of sunday's vote

Read more

ENCORE!

Actress Helen Mirren on TV honours and tackling sexism

Read more

FOCUS

Teething problems for French President Macron's party

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Libya's Haftar vows to deal with terrorists 'through weapons'

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

USA: Fierce battle over Kentucky's only abortion clinic

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Socks and selfies deep': Canadians slam Rolling Stone's Trudeau tribute

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Panda-monium! French zoo awaiting rare panda birth

Read more

Middle east

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli air raid, medics say

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-25

Three Palestinians were killed and three wounded in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, medical sources and witnesses have reported. The same sources said that at least four of the victims belonged to the radical Islamic Jihad group.

AFP - Three Palestinians were killed on Friday in an Israeli air strike north of Gaza City, medical sources and witnesses said.
  
Another three were reported to have been seriously wounded. All six had been in a vehicle that was targeted by two Israeli helicopters, the sources said.
  
The same sources said that at least four of the victims belonged to the radical Islamic Jihad group.
  
Those killed were named as Kamel al-Banna, Mohammed Marshoud and Kamal al-Dahtur, the son of an Islamic Jihad commander killed in an Israeli raid two years ago.
  
A military spokesman confirmed to AFP that Israeli aircraft "attacked three terrorists who were preparing to fire rockets" at Israel.
  
"All three belong to a cell responsible for several rocket attacks on Israel, including two recent launches aimed at the town of Sderot" in the southern Negev desert, he said.
  
"Over the past three months, 50 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip," the spokesman said. "More than 250 have been fired since the end of our offensive against Gaza" in December and January.
  
He added that in 2008 before Israel launched "Operation Cast Lead", "no fewer than 3,350 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel."
  
Abu Ahmed, spokesman for Islamic Jihad's military wing the Al-Quds Brigades, told AFP that the group would "very soon exact revenge for this criminal raid" by the Israeli air force.
  

Date created : 2009-09-25

COMMENT(S)