Casualties reported as Israel raids besieged-Gaza

Hamas confirmed the attack, saying Israeli soldiers are firing artillery and tank rounds.

Casualties reported as Israel raids besieged-Gaza

Israeli artillery fire killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said.

Hamas confirmed the attack, saying Israeli soldiers are firing artillery and tank rounds.

"An Israeli army force raided 500 metres (yards) into Palestinian territory, and was confronted by our gunmen," said Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Hamas armed wing. "This was our work, but was carried out for defence."

Israel killed up to 1500 Palestinians in its last Gaza offensive, and faces a UN report that accused it of war crimes.

Muawiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, confirmed that two were killed. Palestinian news agency quoted Hassanein as saying, ambulances were dispatched to the area to evacuate victims, but Israeli forces denied them access.

Palestinian fire also injured three soldiers, who were evacuated by helicopter from Khan Younis. Al-Arabiya TV, meanwhile, reported that two soldiers were killed.

Earlier Friday, fighters fired a rocket at southern Israel. No injuries or damage was reported from the rocket fire.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was aware of an incident under way in the area. She did not offer more details.

The clashes are said to continue in the besiged land.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2010, 17:26

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