Two killed in Israeli air strike on Hamas compound in Gaza

Third person reportedly injured; IDF makes no comment but says rocket fired from Gaza beforehand; attack comes after Iranian, Sudanese weapons seized en route to Hamas.

By REUTERS
March 16, 2011 11:24
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Israeli warplanes 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 Israeli military had no immediate comment, but said shortly beforehand that a rocket had been fired from Gaza at Israel, apparently causing no casualties.

The identities of the two men who were killed were not immediately known.

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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