Two killed in IAF attack on Hamas compound in Gaza

Third person injured; casualties were members of Hamas; IDF confirms attack, says it is in retaliation to earlier rocket fire from Gaza.

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 16, 2011 12:09
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The Israel Air Force fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing two Palestinians, Palestinian medical officials said.

Medics said a third person was injured, Ma'an reported.

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The IDF Spokesperson confirmed the attack in an official statement, saying it was a direct hit and that the airstrike was launched response to rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli territory earlier Wednesday.

"The IDF will respond with determination to any attempt to use terror against the citizens of Israel," the statement said.

Medical sources identified the dead and injured man as members of Hamas's Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Ma'an reported.

In related news, Egyptian security officials on Tuesday said that Egypt's army captured five vehicles smuggling weapons into the country from Sudan, and apparently heading to Gaza, AP reported.

They said the trucks, which were captured inside Egypt near the Sudanese border, carried large quantities of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, rifles and explosives, reported AP.

The officials said the weapons were headed to Hamas in Gaza through smuggling tunnels.

The IDF also seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.


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