Israeli military kills 8 Palestinians, wounds 20 in Gaza Strip


October 13, 2006|By Los Angeles TImes

JERUSALEM -- Israeli forces killed eight people in separate operations in the Gaza Strip yesterday, Palestinian officials said, as militants fired several rockets into southern Israel.

Six people were killed in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli operation early in the day near the town of Khan Yunis.

At least three were identified as fighters belonging to the military wing of Hamas. The others were bystanders, including a father and 13-year-old son from the same extended family as the militants, neighbors said.

Two people, including a 2-year-old girl, died during an Israeli airstrike last night on a house on the edge of Gaza City.

The strike targeted the home of Ashraf Farwana, a senior Hamas militant, and killed his 38-year-old brother, Ayman. Israeli officials said Ashraf Farwana had been involved in attacks against Israel and was making and distributing weapons to Hamas militants.

The eight fatalities marked the highest one-day toll from Israeli military actions in more than a month. At least 13 Palestinians were wounded in Khan Yunis and seven were hurt in the airstrike.

Hamas responded by firing at least six Kassam rockets toward Israel. The rockets caused no injuries and only minor damage to farms, the Israeli army said.

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