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Israeli missile wounds 5 in Gaza

IDF forces fire at group of Islamic Jihad militants in northern town of Beit Lahiya; Palestinians say two civilians among wounded

Israeli forces fired a missile at a group of Islamic Jihad militants in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding five, the Palestinian militant faction said.


Palestinian sources said two of the wounded were civilians, one of them mentally-challenged, while the rest were militants in Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades.


An Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment on Tuesday's incident in the town of Beit Lahiya, which hospital officials said had left two militants in critical condition.


Islamic Jihad last week resumed cross-border rocket salvoes after Israeli troops killed four of its members in the occupied West Bank. Three rockets were fired toward the Negev region on Tuesday, but caused no injuries or damage.


Hamas, an Islamist faction which runs Gaza, has largely held its fire as Egypt tries to broker a truce following a bloody Israeli sweep of north Gaza this month.


Israel has denied being in ceasefire talks but said it would only operate against Gaza in response to Palestinian rockets.


פרסום ראשון: 03.18.08, 18:26
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