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Medics: 2 killed in Israeli airstrike

Sept. 20, 2012 9:24 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2012 1:54 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinian men were killed Wednesday when Israeli military forces shelled the al-Janeneh neighborhood in eastern Gaza, officials said Thursday.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of Gaza health ministry, told Ma’an that ambulances transferred the dead and injured to Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.

Israeli military aircraft forces shelled a car and killed Ashraf Salah, 38, and Anees Abu al-Aynaen, 22, who worked in the security forces of the Hamas government, locals told Ma'an.

The two Palestinians were on official business to secure the southern border between Gaza and Egypt, the Gaza interior ministry said. The attack betrayed Israel's intentions toward Gaza and confirmed its plans to implement wide-scale operations, the ministry said.

The Israeli military said the attack targeted two "terror operatives" affiliated with a group called "Defenders of al-Aqsa" in the southern Gaza Strip.

It said one of the operatives, Anis Abu Mahmoud el-Anin, was in the final stages of preparing to carry out an attack against Israeli civilians.

It said Ashraf Mahmoud Salah was a member of the Popular Resistance Committees who had admitted in the past to transferring two people into Egypt to attack Israel.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt by terrorist groups to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will continue to operate with strength and determination against those who use terror against the State of Israel," the statement added.
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