Maan News, Jan 2, 2008
This article was originally published by Maan News and is republished with permission.
The death toll of those killed in Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours has risen to eight after a bullet-riddled body was found near the Israeli border in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon.
The director of ambulances and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry, Mu'awiya Hassanain said that the last victim was taken to Kamal Udwan hospital. His body was bullet-riddled. Hassanain added that 18 injured men were hospitalized during the past 24 hours, three of whom sustained serious wounds.
Six Palestinian activists were killed and several others injured on Wednesday morning in a series of Israeli air raids and a simultaneous ground incursion in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced the death of three of their members after Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at a group of activists in the Ash-Shuja'iyya neighborhood. Amongs the victims was Ahid Shamali, a leader in the Al-Qassam Brigades.
After a second Israeli strike, the Al-Qassam Brigades announced the death of activists Yousif Shamali and Mus'ab Jundiyya.
Israeli warplanes fired missiles a third time at another group of Al-Qassam Brigades fighters, killing Abdul-Karim Al-Hilou and Hammad Abu Amira, all fighters with the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades.
In fierce clashes between Palestinian resistance fighters and the invading Israeli forces in Ash-Shuja'iyya, an activist from Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades named Salim Al-Wadiyya was killed.
The An-Nasser Brigades said that their combatants ambushed the undercover Israeli forces and fought with them in the area of the electricity company.
The Israeli army said that the Israeli air planes attacked the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants launched anti-tank missiles at Israeli forces.
On Tuesday evening, a leader within Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades, twenty-five-year-old Yahya Abu Talha was killed and five others were injured after the Israeli artillery bombarded a base in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
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