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Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in Gaza Strip attacks;Olmert vows to escalate incursions

Jan. 6, 2008 10:19 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2008 10:19 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces invaded the Gaza Strip in several separate incursions on Saturday night and Sunday, killing three Palestinians and wounding at least 10 others.

On Sunday morning Israeli forces killed seventeen-year-old Ziad Abu Rukba during an invasion of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Abu Rukba was shot in the chest, witnesses said.

At the Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said his military would 'increase its operations' in response to what the Israeli government sees as intensified projectile attacks emerging from the coastal Strip. He said the Israeli defense minister has already ordered an escalation.

During a ground incursion in Gaza City's Ash-Shuja'iyya neighborhood on Saturday night, Israeli forces killed Mahmoud Al-Rub'i, an activist with the armed wing of the Popular Resistance committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades. Two other activists were injured in that raid.

Earlier, Israeli artillery fired a shell near a school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, killing Muhammad Abu Uda, an activist with Hamas' armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The shelling injured three others.

Mu'awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency service in the Palestinian Health Ministry said that ambulances evacuated the torn corpse of Abu Uda and the three injured men to Kamal Udwan Hospital.

Over the past few days, at least 12 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks throughout the Gaza Strip.

Separately, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades claimed responsibility for firing eight homemade projectiles at the Israeli town of Sderot, on the border with the Gaza Strip.

***Updated at 12:04 local time

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