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Hamas fighters claim responsibility for shelling senior Israeli military officer's patrol

April 13, 2008 3:05 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2008 3:05 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian fighters fired mortar shells at a group of senior Israeli military officials who were touring Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Israeli media reported that three mortar shells landed near the entourage of Israeli Southern Command Chief Yoav Galant and other officers. One shell reportedly landed less than 20 meters away from Galant and his group. The touring officials took cover in portable shelters. No injuries were reported.

Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for firing five mortar shells at Israeli vehicles stationed east of the city of Khan Younis.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said the shelling was a response to "ugly Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians people and the crippling siege imposed on the Gaza Strip."

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