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Israeli forces withdraw from Gaza, leaving 9 dead

April 12, 2008 1:12 P.M. (Updated: April 12, 2008 1:12 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces withdrew from the central Gaza Strip at dawn on Saturday leaving nine dead and dozens injured in the previous 24 hours.

They stormed the eastern side of Al- Bureij refugee on Friday morning, killing seven and causing severe damage to Palestinian homes and bulldozing Palestinian agricultural lands.

Two members of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades, 31 year-old Muhamad Mustafa An-Najjar and 26 year-old Mahmoud An-Najjar were killed in were killed on Friday morning during an Israeli airstrike on a bunker belonging to the Brigades in the town of Khuza'a in the southern Gaza Strip.

Seven other people were killed in attacks on the Al-Bureij refugee camp.

Another Al-Qassam Brigades fighter, 24-year-old Munther Abu Hweishel, was killed in an Israeli attack targeting Palestinian resistance fighters in Al-Bureij refugee camp.

24-year-old Yusuf Al-Maghazi, 18-year-old Jihad Muhammad Salim Abu Zubaydah Shehab, 18-year-old Mohammed Ahmad Abu Zubaydah and 19-year-old Abdel Al-Razeq Nofal were killed in Israeli shelling of Al-Bureij.

A Palestinian citizen was also killed by Israeli shelling in the camp.

13-year-old Yusuf Sarhan was killed by Israeli shelling east of Al-Bureij.

Medical sources reported that 12-year-old Riyad Al-Owesi was killed and five people were injured in clashes east of Al- Bureij refugee camp.

The Al-Qassam brigades claimed they fired 52 missiles, seven rocket propelled grenades and five rockets at Israeli targets, as well as detonating an explosive device at an Israeli tank.

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