Israel kills seven Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces killed seven Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on Monday, August 28, bringing to eleven the number of Palestinians killed in less than 24 hours.

Israel kills seven Palestinians

Four members of the Palestinian executive force, formed by the interior ministry, were killed in an Israeli missile attack in Gaza City's eastern Shejaya neighborhood, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the killing, saying two of the Palestinians were killed in an exchange of fire and the others by an air strike.

Fathi Abu al-Qumbarz, 50, was also killed inside his house in Shejaya of Israeli gunshot wounds, hospital officials said.

A member of Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, also died of earlier wounds he sustained during clashes with the Israeli forces.

In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian in his 60s was shot dead by Israeli troops, in the village of Birqin, near the city of Jenin, medical and security sources said.

Sabri Khalil, 64, was fatally wounded when Israeli soldiers in a vehicle opened fire at him at a school under construction, where he was working as a night watchman, the sources said.

Monday's deaths bring to eleven the number of Palestinians killed since Sunday, August 27, by Israeli occupation forces.

At least 192 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since June 28, when Israel launched a wide-scale offensive on the pretext of seeking the release of a soldier taken prisoner by Palestinian groups.

The latest deaths brought to 5,354 the number of people, mostly Palestinians, killed since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, according to an AFP count.

More Abductions

The Israeli occupation forces also continued their abduction campaign against Palestinian lawmakers.

The kidnapped on Sunday Hamas lawmaker Mahmoud Musleh from his home in the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, witnesses said.

An Israeli spokeswoman confirmed the operation but declined to say why it was ordered.

On Saturday, August 19, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped deputy Prime Minister Naser Al-Shaer after raiding his home in Ramallah.

On August 5, they abducted Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Aziz Dweik from his Ramallah home.

He became the most senior of more than sixty Palestinian cabinet ministers, lawmakers, mayors and politicians kidnapped by Israeli forces since June.

The ruling Hamas and the Fatah group of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are currently negotiating a national unity government.

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