Wednesday, January 19, 2011

IOF artillery shelling kills Palestinian man, wounds two teenagers

[ 18/01/2011 - 03:51 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- A Palestinian citizen was killed and two others wounded in artillery shelling by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, medical sources reported.
Adham Abu Salmiya, the spokesman for medical services, told the PIC that the shelling targeting Abu Safiya hilltop killed Amjad Al-Za'anin, 20, and wounded two other teens with shrapnel.
IOF troops had raided northern and southern Gaza Strip areas earlier on Tuesday only to be met with resistance gunfire, PIC reporter said.
He added that resistance elements blasted an explosive device near IOF armored vehicles, which was followed by intensive IOF firing at Palestinian homes and farms to the east of Beit Hnaun in northern Gaza.
Quds Press reported that an IOF army chopper fired a missile at northern Gaza, east of Beit Hanun, during an incursion.
In Rafah, the armed wing of the popular resistance committees fired five mortar rounds at the invading IOF unit east of the city.
In another development, the armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, announced that one of its cadres died in Khan Younis while on a "Jihad mission". It did not elaborate on exact cause of the death but only mentioned that he was 23-year-old Zaher Jarghun.


Palestinian Killed, Two Children Wounded In Israeli Bombardment of Northern Gaza

Wednesday January 19, 2011 04:19 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Tuesday evening that one resident was killed and two children were wounded , after the Israeli army bombarded an area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Al Zaaneen Funeral - Image by Palestine-Info
Al Zaaneen Funeral - Image by Palestine-Info
The sources identified the slain resident as Amjad Kamel Al Zaaneen, 20, and added that the two wounded children are 16 and 17 years old. The 16-year-old child was wounded in his chest while the 17-year-old was suffered multiple injuries to different parts of his body.

On Tuesday morning, soldiers invaded a number of areas in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip and exchanged fire with resistance fighters; damage to Palestinian property was reported no injuries.

Also on Tuesday morning, three Palestinian teenagers were wounded in an area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, when explosives likely dropped by the army in previous invasions detonated near them.


1 killed as Israeli troops raid Gaza Strip
Published yesterday (updated) 18/01/2011 22:14

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces killed one Palestinian and injured two others on Tuesday in the northern Gaza Strip.

Medics and witnesses said the three men were civilians, and that soldiers in an Israeli military post launched five shells towards the mainly agricultural area.

Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya identified the slain as Amjad Sami Az-Za’aneen, 20, and said two others were moderately injured and transported to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for treatment.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces opened fire at a group of men who were handling a detonation device.

The attack followed a day of clashes as Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered two areas in the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory fire from armed factions.

Two factions said a joint operation fired on the northern force, while one faction claimed to have launched an attack at the southern troops.

Near Beit Hanoun, witnesses told Ma'an that there were four Israeli bulldozers and three military vehicles, while others told AFP that seven Israeli tanks and one bulldozer entered 400 meters into Palestinian territory.

Shortly after the reports surfaced, a statement was received by Ma'an from the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP, and Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades, in which the groups announced a joint attack on an Israeli bulldozer.

The brigades said the attack caused the bulldozer to catch fire, and said immediately after the "sky filled with planes" looking for the attackers.

"The brigades will always fight to free Palestine," the statement said.

Second incident in south reported

In the south, next to the closed Sufa crossing, witnesses reported Israeli bulldozers digging up lands in the unilaterally-declared no-go zone, and said Palestinian resistance activists fired five mortar shells at the Israeli vehicles.

The military wing of the Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, said they had attacked an Israeli bulldozer in the south. They said in a statement that the fire was in retaliation for "ongoing Israeli aggressions."

An Israeli military spokesman said he could neither confirm nor deny any incursion, but later a spokeswoman told Ma'an that there were four mortar shells fired from Gaza which landed in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Israel has often demolished structures and cleared land along Gaza's border, citing security concerns.

Israel and Hamas are formally committed to a truce agreed after Israel's devastating 22-day Operation Cast Lead, which ended in January 2009.

But in recent months, militants have fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, prompting retaliatory airstrikes by the Israeli military.

AFP contributed to this report