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Woman, fourteen-year-old among six killed in 24 hours in Israeli assault on Gaza Strip

Jan. 6, 2008 3:28 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2008 3:28 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Three people including a woman and a fourteen-year-old boy were killed and eight others were injured when an Israeli artillery shell hit a house in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security sources said that the Israeli forces targeted a house belonging to the Hamdan family in the eastern part of Al-Bureij camp. The dead women was identified as Eyman Hamdan.

Military sources also said that the eight injured people arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in the central Gaza Strip. They described most of the injuries as "moderate."

Our correspondent in Gaza Strip reported that twenty-nine-year-old Ahmad Khalaf was killed in a separate shelling. Mu'awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency service in the Palestinian health ministry said that Khalaf arrived dead at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. Nails were found in his body.

Israeli strikes have left six Palestinians dead in less than 24 hours in the coastal Strip. On Saturday night and Sunday, three Palestinians were killed in separate Israeli strikes.

Israeli soldiers injured

Three Israeli soldiers were also injured after Hamas' armed wing, the Al-Qassam brigades, launched rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) at invading Israeli forces the camp.

The Al-Qassam Brigades took responsibility for the operation in a press statement. Israeli media also reported that three soldiers had been wounded after a shell hit their tank in Al-Bureij.

Separately, the Al-Qassam Brigades said they launched mortar shells at Israeli military vehicles when they tried to enter At-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City.

Earlier, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager named Ziad Abu Rukba by shooting him in the chest, witnesses in Al-Bureij said.

Israeli tanks entered the central Gaza Strip on Sunday morning. Witnesses said Israeli tanks bulldozed Palestinian farms.

***Updated at 17:35 local time

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