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IDF helicopter over Gaza Photo: Amir Cohen
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Gaza: Gunman killed in IDF airstrike

IAF fires at two armed Palestinians spotted placing explosives near Jabalya; witnesses report one man killed, the other injured

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 06.06.07, 08:08 / Israel News

An Israel Air Force aircraft fired at two armed Palestinians who were spotted planting an explosive device near Jabalya in the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning. Palestinian sources in the Strip reported that one of the men was killed and the other was wounded.

 

This has been the first IAF attack in Gaza since Friday.

 

A significant drop in the number of Qassam attacks has been registered in recent days, and the scope of military operations has also decreased.

 

IDF forces that operated inside the Strip pulled out of Gaza Tuesday morning after 24 hours of arrest raids and searches for tunnels and weapons. Several Palestinians were detained and taken to investigation in Israel following the operation.

 

Meanwhile on Wednesday morning a battle of conflicting versions erupted following the death of a 70-year-old Palestinian man during an IDF arrest operation in Hebron. The army claims that its troops were attacked when they entered the house of a wanted man and that over a dozen Palestinians tried to forcibly take a firearm from one of the soldiers who ultimately responded by firing his weapon, killing the man and wounding several others.

 

Palestinian sources said however that the troops barged into the house and immediately opened fire, killing the man and seriously wounding his wife and several other relatives. The sources also said that the man who was apparently being pursued by the forces is the son of the elderly man who was killed and that he fled the scene.

 

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