Israel kills Palestinians, stages missile attack

Israeli forces on Monday shot dead four Palestinians off the Gaza coast on Monday, Hamas security officials and the Israeli army said.

Israel kills Palestinians, stages missile attack


Israeli forces on Monday shot dead four Palestinians off the Gaza coast on Monday, Hamas security officials and the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the killings, according to Reuters news agency.

Hamas security sources also said four bodies had been found and a fifth man was missing and presumed dead.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ahmad Al-Ashi identified the victims as 21-year-old Fayiz Alfiri from Jabaliya refugee camp, 34-year-old Muhammad Qweidir from Gaza City, 25-year-old Ibrahim Al-Wahidi from the port area, and 20-year-old Hamid Thabit from Nusseirat refugee camp.

All bodies were evacuated to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, Al-Ashi said.

The attack occurred eight days after Israeli soldiers attacked a fleet of boats carrying 700 international activist and 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid heading to Gaza, killing 9 Turkish activists. The ship was also carrying activists from Britain, Germany, Malaysia, Belgium, Ireland and elsewhere.

Israel also halted a second Gaza aid ship to break the siege on Gaza on Saturday.

Israeli media said Monday's sea attack was carried out by naval commandos from the same unit that attacked the Gaza-bound ships last week. The military spokesman declined to comment on this.

"Missile attack"


In a second attack in the Gaza Strip on Monday, medical officials said an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a group of people in an open area near Gaza City, seriously wounding one man.

An Israeli army spokesman also confirmed the missile attack.

The spokesman for Gaza's medical services, Adham Abu Silmiyya, identified the injured man as 25-year-old Ahmad Salah.


Agencies

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