Fresh clashes: Israel air strikes kill eight Palestinians

By AFP
Published: July 8, 2014
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A relative of Palestinian man Abdulrahman al Zameli mourns during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS

A relative of Palestinian man Abdulrahman al Zameli mourns during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed eight Palestinian militants, medics said on Monday, after recovering two more bodies from a collapsed tunnel in Rafah.

Two militants are missing in the tunnel and feared dead. The strikes came a day after armed groups fired 25 rockets and mortar rounds at southern Israel.

Two of the militants were killed east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza in a missile strike, which came shortly before midnight (2100 GMT), witnesses said.

The Israeli military confirmed targeting a group of people involved in “launching rockets from central Gaza”.

Several hours later, two more militants were killed and two civilians wounded in a drone strike east of the southern city of Rafah which caused the collapse of a tunnel, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The bodies of two more militants were pulled from the tunnel during the morning, he added.

The army confirmed a series of raids across Gaza, saying they had targeted “nine terror sites and concealed rocket launchers.”

In a separate drone strike in Rafah, another militant was critically wounded and later died of his injuries.

Medics said five civilians were wounded in the northern town of Beit Hanun after a rocket fired by militants fell short of Israel.

The Israeli military said it had hit a total of 14 targets overnight. It added militants had fired an anti-tank missile at an army patrol by the border fence. There were no casualties.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2014.

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  • Hmm
    Jul 8, 2014 - 1:27PM

    “Two militants are missing in the tunnel and feared dead” –It seems camera man was in that tunnel . Otherwise how did AFP know 2 militants are missing ?

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