Israeli army kills two Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians Tuesday, witnesses said, during attacks in the south-eastern Gaza Strip.

Israeli army kills two Palestinians in Gaza
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians Tuesday, witnesses said, during attacks in the south-eastern Gaza Strip.

The first fatality occurred in the early hours of the morning, when helicopters launched an air strike in the area, killing a Hamas fighter who was confronting army tanks rolling into al-Qarara neighbourhood, hospital officials said.

The strike killed Mohammed Abu Musameh, 24, and wounded more than 10 others, including fighters who were monitoring the Israeli army incursion.

"His body was completely torn since the rocket hit him directly," a spokesman for Nasser hospital in Khan Younis said.

Hours later, witnesses said, army snipers shot dead a Palestinian man who was on his rooftop watching the army attack.

Ibraheem al-Shami fell from the roof after being injured and died at the scene.

Local residents said Israeli troops entered the area shortly after midnight, following clashes between Palestinian fighters and Israeli undercover forces who Palestinians said had infiltrated Palestinian territories adjacent to the border fence.

The Israeli forces were backed by air cover.

The attacks was still ongoing Tuesday morning, with residents saying the Israelis were sending reinforcements toward the Gaza Strip, in addition to the more than 20 tanks and bulldozers operating in the area.

DPA
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