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3 Palestinians killed in IDF strike in Gaza

IDF confirms troops operating in northern Gaza targeted cell en route to launch rocket attack against Israel. But Palestinians say all three were civilians, with one report claiming they were bankers holding a picnic

Three Palestinians were killed and five more were wounded in an IDF operation in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon.


The IDF confirmed forces operating in the Strip targeted a Palestinian cell en route to launch rocket attacks from against Israeli towns.


The casualties have yet to be identified, largely due to the fact that the bodies were reportedly charred. It is unclear if those killed are indeed gunmen or civilians. Contradictory Palestinian reports say the three were either Fatah political operatives unaffiliated with the movement's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades or - according to a report by the Associated Press - three Jordanian bankers holding a picnic in an open field with the missile struck.


The conditions of the five Palestinians wounded in the attack have been reported as ranging from light to moderate.  


Two operatives belonging to the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, were killed on Friday from an airstrike near the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. The IDF confirmed the attack and said its forces had targeted Palestinian terrorists.


Efrat Weiss contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 02.23.08, 16:31
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