Three Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israel, one settler wounded by al-Qassam Brigade
Palestine-Israel, Military, 9/1/2003
The Brigade of Ezz Eddine al-Qassam, the military wing of the Hamas movement, retaliated the assassination attempt of two of its members on Saturday in a raid in Gaza, by attacking a car for settlers near Rafah Yam settlement that resulted in gravely wounding one settler, while Israel renewed its threat to invade Gaza.
An Israeli military source said that the "Israeli was wounded by a bullet fired by Palestinians while he was driving a truck loaded with vegetables near the Israeli Rafah Yam settlement to the south of Gaza," near the border with Egypt.
The source explained "It seemed that a Palestinian sniper opened fire from Tel al-Sultan area in Rafah." A medical source said that the settler is strongly wounded.
Ezz Eddine al-Qassam brigade, the military wing of Hamas movement claimed responsibility for the attack and announced in a statement for "sniping a Zionist who was driving a truck in Rafah Yam settlement which is situated on Rafah lands to the south of Gaza." The statement added that this "operation falls in the course of operations to retaliate the Israeli crimes and assassinations of Palestinian Mujahedeen."
An Israeli helicopter fired missiles in Gaza on Saturday and killed two Hamas fighters. Palestinian security officials said that the two killed Palestinians are Abdullah Aqel, the commander of al-Qassam group in the downtown of Gaza and Fareed Meit member in the Brigade. The officials added that 9 passerby were wounded in the attack.
Palestinian security sources and medical officials said that an eight year old Palestinian female was killed by the fire of an Israeli tank while riding her bike near her house in Khan Younis, near one of the Israeli settlements in Gaza.
Palestinian security sources said the occupations forces incurred yesterday morning in Kafer Yamoun town near Jenin. The sources explained that the Israeli soldiers who carried out the incursion operation in 20 jeep cars imposed curfew in the area and started inspection and detention operations.
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