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Palestinian child at hospital (archives)
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IDF says killed 3 gunmen in Gaza

Palestinian sources report one child killed, three others injured in exchanges of fire between gunmen, Israeli forces near al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. Army says Givati force operating in area hit three armed Palestinians

Palestinian sources reported Sunday afternoon that Abdullah Baher, a five-year-old Palestinian child, was killed and three other children were injured, one of them sustaining serious wounds, in exchanges of fire between an IDF force and Palestinian gunmen in the central Gaza Strip, near the al-Bureij refugee camp.


The Israeli army reported that an IDF force shot and hit three armed Palestinians near the refugee camp. According to military officials, the gunmen were spotted by a Givati force operating in the area, which shelled and killed them. The army added that the operation ended and that the forces left the area unharmed.


Palestinian medical sources in the Strip reported that the children were hit by shrapnel from Israeli shells fired at their house during the clashes. The IDF launched an investigation into the Palestinian claims.


Medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Saturday afternoon that a Palestinian farmer was killed and another wounded in an IDF artillery strike in northern Gaza. However, local residents said the farmer was killed after a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists toward Israel fell short and hit him.


The army said that while troops patrolling the border earlier in the afternoon did indeed come under Palestinian fire, they did not respond to the anti-tank missile launched at them. No soldiers were wounded.


IDF operations in the Gaza region are currently primarily focused on the Strip's border with Israel in an effort to prevent terrorists from planting explosive devices and launching attacks against the Gaza-vicinity communities.


On Thursday, Givati Brigade soldiers opened fire on at least six armed Palestinians during an operation near the town of Khan Younis in central Gaza. Three of the gunmen were believed to have been killed.


No casualties were reported among the IDF soldiers involved in the raid.


Hanan Greenberg and AP contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 04.06.08, 16:57
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