November 17, 2010

2 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike


Palestinian police survey the remains of a car destroyed in an Israeli airstrike
that killed two Palestinians, in Gaza City on 17 November 2010. (Maan Images)

GAZA CITY -- Israeli aircrafts targeted Gaza's most populous city Wednesday, killing two Palestinian men.

The strike came at sundown on the second night of the Eid Al Adha holiday, in a busy section of the city.

Medical officials at Ash-Shifa Hospital identified the deceased as Muhammad Yassin and his brother, Islam Yassin. Muhammad Yassin was dead when he arrived at the hospital, his upper body covered in burns, while Islam underwent surgery, including the amputation of his left arm, before dying.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the assassination, which was the second in two weeks.

She said "a senior operative belonging to the terrorist group Army of Islam was targeted" because the group, a radical Islamist organization, was plotting to attack Israeli citizens in the Sinai.

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