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Israeli tanks kill one Palestinian fighter in Gaza incursion.

April 8, 2008 10:39 A.M. (Updated: April 8, 2008 10:39 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli tanks killed a 35-year-old member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, Awad Tahrawi, during an incursion in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Palestinian fighters fought Israeli forces who had entered the area on Tuesday morning.

The director of Kamal Udwan hospital said that Tahrawi's dead body appeared to have wounds resulting from a tank shell.

Another fighter was mildly injured in the battle.

The military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed to have fired 19 mortar rounds at invading Israeli forces in Jabalia and the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza city.

Earlier on Tuesday, Thirty Israeli military vehicles advanced towards Jabalia, stopping 100 meters from a Palestinian residential neighborhood, witnesses said.

Jabalia residents said the Israeli forces have fired heavily towards the Palestinian houses.

In late February Israel launched a five-day invasion in Jabalia that left more than 120 Palestinians dead, half of them unarmed civilians.

On Monday, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian civilians in the Khuza'a area, east of the city of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli troops shot 65-year-old Uthman Abu Rock and then abducted him, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, Palestinian military groups fired barrages of mortar shells and homemade projectiles at the southern Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip.

The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, said their fighters fired three mortar rounds at Netiv Ha'asara, north of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning.

Separately, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), claimed responsibility for firing two homemade projectiles at the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.

***Updated at 14:40 Bethlehem time

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