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Medics: 4 killed in Gaza explosion
Published Tuesday 11/03/2014 (updated) 14/03/2014 22:46
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four People were killed and six others suffered injuries after an explosion in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said that Mohammad Tayseer al-Hamdeen, 26, Bilal al-Hamdeen, Jafaar Odwaan and a fourth unidentified man were killed in the explosion.

Six others were injured including two children and a woman in critical condition, he added.

The four were all affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, and they arrived dead at the hospital, a Ma’an reporter said.

The house was severely damaged, and the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip, the same official said.

Al-Qidra told Ma'an that three resistance fighters were killed by the airstrike in southeast Khan Younis near the Sufa crossing.

He identified the victims as Ismail Abu Judah, 23, Shahir Abu Shanab, 24, and 33-year-old Abd al-Shafi Muammar.

The bodies were taken to the European Hospital in Khan Younis, al-Qidra said.

The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said in a statement that the victims were militants affiliated to the group.

"They were in confrontation with the occupation trying to stop the progress of Israeli military vehicles which were approaching the area," the statement said.

The Israeli army said in a statement that "terrorists affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the southern Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at IDF forces."

"An IAF aircraft responded immediately in order to prevent further attacks on Israeli civilians and targeted the terrorist squad. Direct hits were confirmed, the army statement said.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, an Israeli drone fell in the area of the attack.

The airstrikes came just hours after Palestinian security sources said a man died after Israeli soldiers fired at him while he was driving near the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

The Israeli army also killed two Palestinians in the West Bank on Monday.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 18-year-old Saji Darwish near Ramallah late Monday, after he allegedly threw stones at Israeli vehicles.

Earlier, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-Jordanian judge at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
11/03/2014 21:16
FAR WORSE THAN ISRAEL FOR GAZA ARE THE ISLAMIC MILITANTS, since typically ISRAEL KILLS ONLY MILITANTS and no civilians, while
miltant bombs are made/hidden among civilians (a war-crime), and often send "children and women in critical condition to the hospital.

2 ) a from USA / USA
11/03/2014 23:25
I have been reading your English web page for a long time. For a while you actually started to report, well like reporters. You have now gone back to being pawns in the propaganda and hate mode. How can there ever be peace if the info put out makes one side look like massive killers. You have more articles about the 10 or so miscreants who were eliminated than you do about the 1000s of Palastinians/Muslims being killed in Syria.
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