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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Senior Palestinian commander killed in Gaza

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:55:50 GMT | PressTV

Israeli jets fired a missile at a vehicle near a mosque in the town of Beit Lahiya.
A senior Palestinian commander has been killed in an Israeli air strike carried out in cooperation with Shin Bet in northern Gaza.

Khaled Kharb Khalad Shaalan, a senior commander in the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, was killed and his second-in-command Hamzia al-Najah was in a critical condition, AFP reported on Wednesday.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the attack, saying it had "targeted and killed" Shaalan whom the army claimed was involved in recent rocket attacks on Israel.

According to Palestinian medics, five bystanders were also wounded in the attack which came on a vehicle near a mosque in the town of Beit Lahiya.

Meanwhile an Islamic Jihad spokesman said the two members of the group were hit as they drove through the Jabaliya refugee camp near Gaza City and vowed to "avenge this aggression."

Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli jets launched another attack on the southern Gaza Strip wounding four Palestinians.

Israel continues its attacks on the Gaza strip on a regular basis although it announced a ceasefire after three weeks of an all-out war on the populated territory.

The military offensive which carried out in January, left over 1,300 people killed and thousands of others wounded.

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