Leader of Qaeda affiliate killed in Gaza

2011-12-30 14:17

Gaza - Israel killed the leader of an al-Qaeda-inspired faction in an air strike on the Gaza Strip on Friday, accusing him of launching short-range rockets into the Jewish state.

Militants identified the man as Momen Abu Daf of the Army of Islam, part of a loose network of Palestinian groups that profess allegiance to al-Qaeda and which have been reinforced by radical Salafi volunteers from neighbouring Egypt.

Abu Daf was killed when a missile hit Gaza City's Zeitoun neighbourhood, the Hamas administration said. Five other Palestinians were wounded and one of them needed hospital treatment, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

In a statement, the Israeli military said its aircraft "targeted a terrorist squad that was identified moments before firing rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip".

Those militants, the statement said, were "responsible for the firing of rockets at Israel in the past few days".

Salafis attack Israel in defiance of truce efforts by Hamas, which practices a more politically accommodating Islamism though it also preaches the destruction of Israel.

Israeli forces killed another Salafi militant, Abdallah Telbani, on Tuesday, saying he was helping prepare strikes in which militants would circumvent the fortified Gaza border by attacking southern Israel from the Egyptian Sinai.

Israel has been on high alert for such raids since losing eight of its citizens to armed infiltrators on Egypt's porous frontier in August. Israeli troops repelling those gunmen killed five Egyptian border guards, fraying strategic ties with Cairo.

An Israeli military spokesperson said two short-range rockets were launched from Gaza on Thursday and five on Wednesday. There was no word of damage or casualties from the salvoes.

  • zaakiro - 2011-12-30 14:43

    A truck-load of bull...!!!! This is called defending itself, when a Palestian group fires into (whats known) as Israel then its an attack. Occupation on Palestine needs to STOP....but the world will just watch

      Jaba - 2011-12-30 15:10

      The West thanks you Israel! Palestinian terror needs to STOP....but the world will just watch

      cameronrh1 - 2011-12-30 17:16

      Defending itself? You need to wake up. In 2007 Israel put up checkpoints around Gaza so that Hamas/PA terrorists can't enter Israel. Ask yourself would there be any point to have these checkpoints/airstrikes if Hamas and PA terrorists werent trying to kill innocent people in Israel through bombs, rockets or mortars? If these terrorists werent about to fire missiles into Israel/If these terrorists stopped firing missiles into Israel. There would be no Airstikes from the IDF to start off with. The "Palestinian" people have created a occupation upon themselves! By constant terror and terrorist activities they have brought upon themselves checkpoints and confinement to gaza/west bank for security reasons.

      Barry - 2011-12-30 19:23

      What a load of rubbish ! Typical Israeli rubbish encouraged by the USA terrorist organization.

      cameronrh1 - 2011-12-30 19:29

      @Barry, Prove me wrong! Then we can speak again, until then... Brush up on your education.

      Barry - 2011-12-30 19:38

      @Cameron...You are TOTALLY insane. Very clear you have no clue of what is happening on the ground there like I do. Have you ever been to the middle east ? Seems not.

      cameronrh1 - 2011-12-30 23:46

      @Barry why is that always the only come back anyone can give me "have you been there"? Its like me saying "Lance Armstrong was the first man on the moon?" But you saying, "Because you weren't there it didnt happen?". Fact whether i have been to Israel or the "disputed" territories is irrelevant, i asked you to prove me wrong not answer me with another question...

      cameronrh1 - 2011-12-30 23:50

      @Barry, you i am afraid is the insane one. The day you are able to think for yourself, and question what you see and not believe everything and anything Pallywood throws at you is the day you will question the lies you have been fed. I know both sides are to blame and play a part, but i cant wait for the day you can too.

      Barry - 2011-12-31 08:21

      There are militants on both sides. The most militant and murderous are the IDF. Period. Check the body count. When USA starts to reign in it naughty child, Israel, only then will there a chance for peace. I wont insult you as you seem to love doing to others.

  • AquaticApe - 2011-12-30 14:55

    Good shot.

  • Brian - 2011-12-30 15:05

    "...Hamas, which practices a more politically accommodating Islamism though it also preaches the destruction of Israel". Is it duckspeak? Maybe PC speak. More likley BS speak...

  • Derek - 2011-12-30 19:43

    Imagine if the rest of the world behaved like Israel and the US, we'd all be assasinating anyone who we think is the enemy. No more need to answer to the courts for your actions. This wild west mentality should be condemned!

  • Brian - 2011-12-30 21:19

    Israel, I stand in awe of you and your people.

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