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Four Palestinians killed, 13 injured as Israeli forces invade Rafah

Feb. 17, 2008 9:18 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2008 9:18 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, and a two others died of wounds sustained in previous incursions. At least 13 people were injured in the attack.

Ma'an's reporter said that medical crews found three corpses of Palestinian activists after the Israeli forces withdrew from Shuka area near the airport.

Medical sources named the victims as Abdul-Kareem Al-Ghalban, Nasser Abu Shabab and Salam Abu Susain.

22-year-old Ibrahim Salih, an activist with the armed wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was pronounced dead earlier.

Witnesses said that Israeli tanks invaded the area near the abandoned Yasser Arafat International Airport, near the city of Rafah, and fought with Palestinian activists after midnight. Warplanes also flew over Rafah to cover the invasion, firing several missiles.

Separately, On Saturday evening, Palestinian medical sources announced the death of a Palestinian man after he succumbed to wounds sustained on Friday in clashes with an undercover Israeli force in Al-Qarara in the southern Gaza Strip. Medical sources in Nasser hospital in Khan Younis identified the victim as Hani Shahin, who was involved in clashes with an undercover Israeli force that entered in the area.

Later on Sunday morning, Palestinian medical sources announced that 21-year-old 'Ala' Abu Haddaf has died of wounds he sustained in the same confrontation with undercover Israeli forces in Al-Qarara. Security sources said he was also affiliated with Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades.

***Updated at 11:32 Bethlehem time

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