Thursday, September 20, 2012

IAF strike kills two, seriously wounds one in Gaza

The dead were members of the extremist group Islamic Jihad, said Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for Gaza's Health Ministry; witnesses: Rockets fired from Rafah toward Israel prior to the strike.


The Israel Air Force killed two Palestinian militants and seriously wounded another in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Wednesday.

The dead were members of the extremist group Islamic Jihad, said Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for Gaza's Health Ministry.

They were riding in a car in the city of Rafah near the border with Egypt when their vehicle was struck by two rockets, al-Qedra said.

Witnesses said two Russian-made rockets were fired from Rafah toward Israel just prior to the Israeli air force strike.

The IDF confirmed that the two killed in the strike, which was carried out as part of a joint operation by the IDF and Shin Bet security services, were members of the "Defenders of al-Aqsa," a group which operates under the sponsorship of Hamas. Read More