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2 Jihad members killed in Gaza attacks

Nov. 11, 2012 10:14 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 12, 2012 2:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing were killed in an Israeli airstrike early Sunday, raising the death toll to six since violence renewed in Gaza.

The Al-Quds Brigades said Muhammad Obeid, 20, was killed in an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip and Muhammad Shukanj was killed in an attack near al-Karama towers in the north.

Four others were wounded and one is in critical condition, the brigades said.

Two people were injured after an attack targeted a house owned by the Najjar family in Jabaliya. The house burned to the ground after warplanes fired two missiles.

Warplanes also targeted an empty plot of land near a Jabaliya club, but the rocket did not explode. They also targeted an empty area near Khandazar in the north.

Tank shells targeted a concrete factory owned by the Hasaneen family in al-Tufah.

Finally warplanes fired three missiles toward an empty plot of land belonging to Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades in the Sultan neighborhood west of Rafah. The area suffered damage but no one was injured.

An Israeli army statement said aircraft targeted a weapon manufacturing facility, two weapon storage facilities and two rocket launching sites in northern Gaza, as well as a weapon storage facility and a "terror activity site" in southern Gaza.

Direct hits were confirmed, the statement said.

It said 30 rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip in the previous seven hours.

Islamic Jihad said it had fired 70 short-range rockets and mortar bombs across the border since Saturday, salvos which drove Israeli residents to blast shelters. At least one Israeli, in the town of Sderot, was wounded, ambulance workers said.

Earlier a jeep ambush injured four soldiers in what Israeli officials called an attack that was part of a Palestinian strategy of trying to curb its countermeasures against possible cross-border infiltration.

Israeli forces often mount hunts for tunnels and landmines on the inside of the Gaza boundary, creating a no-go zone for Palestinians.

"Of course we don't accept their attempt to change the rules," Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel's Army Radio.

"The essence of the struggle is over the fence. We intend to enable the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to work not just on our side but on the other side as well."
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