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Killing of Reuters journalist brings death toll in Gaza to 18

April 16, 2008 6:55 P.M. (Updated: April 16, 2008 6:55 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - A cameramen for the news agency Reuters was killed and five others wounded, including two journalists, when Israeli tanks fired at a bridge in Wadi Gaza, the valley in the central Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said that the dead and wounded were taken to the Al-Aqsa Marytrs hospital in the city of Deir Al-Balah.

An eyewitness, journalist Yassir Qadih, said, "Reuters journalist Fadil Shana'a was killed while he was in a jeep which was clearly marked 'Press'."

"There was nobody around us except a group of children who we were going to film. There were no resistance groups in the area" he added.

Television footage showed the jeep, with large signs reading "Press" and "TV" with a gaping hole blown in the driver's side.

Meanwhile nine Palestinians were killed, some of them children, and 18 others were injured in an artillery bombardment that leveled a mosque and two houses in Juhor Ad-Dik in the central Gaza Strip.

Muawiya Hassanain, the director of the ambulance and emergency department in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that the corpses of eight civilians, including two children, were taken to the Al-Aqsa Maryters hospital. He said that eighteen people sustained "more than moderate" injuries.

These two attacks bring Wednesday's death toll to 18 with a large number of wounded in a series of air strikes and ground attacks in the Gaza Strip.

Five people were killed in two Israeli air raids at noon in the northern Gaza Strip.

Hani Zu'rub was killed and five others were wounded in an air strike on a car. Witnesses said the first strike targeted a white Mitsubishi car. The second attack targeted a car near the Sheema school in the northern Gaza Strip.

Dr. Hassanain clarified that the first strike resulted in one dead and three wounded. The second attack left two wounded. They were taken to Al-Awda hospital.

Four Hamas fighters were killed during clashes with Israeli forces east of Gaza City's Ash-Shuja'iyya neighborhood in the early hours of the morning. Medical sources identified the dead as Abdul-Karim Al-Khaisi, Mustafa Tatar, Karam Al-Wadiyya and Mahmoud Hillis.

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