4 killed in Gaza clashes

2010-03-26 22:13

Jerusalem - Two Israeli soldiers, including an officer, and two Palestinians were killed in an exchange of fire near the border with the Gaza Strip on Friday, an army spokesperson said.

"An officer and a soldier were killed and two others slightly wounded in an exchange of fire with terrorists planting explosives along the security fence in southern Gaza," the spokesman said in a statement.

He said two Palestinian militants were also killed in the clash.

Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza, earlier claimed responsibility for an attack in which it said two Israeli soldiers were killed.

Its fighters had "exchanged fire with a special unit of the Zionist army which carried out an incursion into Khan Yunis," Ezzedine al-Qassam said in a statement.

Israel patrol targeted


Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of another militant group, Islamic Jihad, also reported a gunfight with Israeli soldiers.

Before Israeli censorship was lifted on the deaths, Al-Arabiya television said an Israeli patrol along the frontline was targeted in a bomb attack. The two soldiers and two Palestinians died in a subsequent gunfight.

There had been an attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers in the incident near the Gaza town of Khan Yunis, it said.

In earlier violence, four Palestinians were seriously wounded by shrapnel from Israeli tank fire as helicopters hovered overhead, Palestinian medical sources and witnesses said.

Rocket in empty field


One helicopter fired a rocket on Palestinian fighters, said the witnesses.

On Friday morning, the Israeli army said Palestinian militants had fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel without causing any casualties or damage. The rocket apparently struck an empty field.

Gaza militants have stepped up rocket fire, including a projectile that killed a Thai farm labourer on March 18.

About 35 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since the beginning of the year, and more than 330 since the end of a 22-day Israeli offensive in January 2009.

Israel routinely responds to rocket attacks with air strikes targeting smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border and workshops which Israel says are used to make rockets.
 

Read more on:    gaza strip
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Paarden Eiland - 07:18 AM
    Road name: Marine Drive Inbound
    DELAYS between Broad Road and the N1 Highway Interchange
  • Thursday Athlone - 07:17 AM
    Road name: Klipfontein Road Westbound
    HEAVY DELAYS between Belgravia Road and Liesbeeck Parkway
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia Lumia 800

The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, ...

From R2395.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.