Sunday, January 22, 2006

IAF missile strike kills one in Gaza City


Israel Air Force aircraft fired missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon in an apparent targeted killing of Palestinian militants.

The missile strike caused an explosion that rocked the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Mahmoud Abad Al A'al, a member of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees umbrella group, was killed and six others were wounded in the air strike.

Earlier, the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees group admited its members had been traveling in the car but denied they had been hurt, claiming they managed to escape before the blast. A spokesman for the group said a bystander was killed.

IAF warplanes and drones were seen in the sky during the strike.

Tawfiq Abu Khoussa, spokesman for the Palestinian Interior Ministry, said an investigation into the incident was under way.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Palestinian militants opened fire on Israel Defense Forces soldiers patrolling Israel's border with the northern Gaza Strip. There were no casualties in that incident.