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IAF strikes senior Islamic Jihad member
Mohammad Abu Murshud, head of organization's armed wing in central Strip, killed by missile launched from Israeli aircraft. At least eight Hamas, Islamic Jihad members killed in IDF strikes throughout the day

A series of attacks launched by the IDF in Gaza Thursday has claimed the lives of at least eight militants, including Mohammad Abu Murshud, head of Islamic Jihad's armed wing in the central Gaza Strip.


According to Palestinian sources, Murshud was killed when the car he was traveling in north of al-Mugarka (near the former Israeli settlement of Netzarim) was struck by a missile fired by Israeli aircraft.

Two other Jihad members were killed and a number of others were injured in the attack, which was the IDF's third of the evening.


According to Palestinian reports, an Israeli fighter jet fired misses at a car transporting several Islamic Jihad al-Quds Brigades' gunmen.


The IDF has confirmed the attack, citing it was a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation.


Five Palestinians were killed in two attacks in Gaza earlier in the day: Two Hamas members and two Islamic Jihad gunmen were shot dead by Israeli soldiers operating south of Khan Younis in the southern Strip, while two more Jihad gunmen were killed near the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.


Meanwhile, Hamas has announced that an Izz al-Din al-Qassam member was killed in a training accident.


Last week the IDF killed a number of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, including Majed Harazin, who headed Jihad's Qassam rocket-launching unit.


Thursday night, Palestinian sources reported that one Hamas member was killed and several others injured after an Israeli aircraft fired on a Hamas look-out cell near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. However, about an hour later Palestinian sources said the Hamas man was only was only injured in the strike.


Ali waked contributed to this report


First published: 27.12.07, 22:35
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