7 Egyptian Policemen, 7 Palestinians
Killed, Including 2 Children, Dozens Injured in Israeli Air Strikes on
August 19, 2011
Special source: Seven Egyptian officers killed by Israeli
airstrike near Rafah
[ 19/08/2011 - 11:39 AM ]
A special source informed PIC correspondent in Cairo that the number
of Egyptian army officers killed by an Israeli airstrike near Rafah has
risen to seven, in addition to a number of wounded.
The source that asked not to be identified said that amongst the
officers killed are two Brigadiers, which prompted a prominent military
official to head a special force to Sinai.
PIC correspondent also said that the revolution youth were preparing
for demonstrations on Friday outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo to
protest the killing of the Egyptian officers.
A leader of the revolution youth said that a march will head from
Tahrir Square after Friday prayers to the Israeli embassy to protest the
killing of Egyptian officers and soldiers.
Official Egyptian sources said earlier that three Egyptian soldiers
were killed on Thursday evening when and Israeli aircraft fired a rocket
near the Egyptian-Palestinian border close to Rafah.
Ongoing Escalation Against Gaza, 7 Killed, Dozens Injured
Friday August 19, 2011 10:28 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
As the Israeli occupation army continued its offensive against
several parts of the Gaza Strip, the number of casualties arrived to
seven, including two children, while dozens of civilians were injured.
The Israeli occupation army targeted several homes, security and
training centers, and border tunnels. Palestinian Fighters Fired
missiles and shells into Israeli areas in the Negev, several injuries
The Israeli occupation Army bombarded a site for
the Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of
the Gaza Strip, and also bombarded the Al-Safeena Palestinian Security
base and a number of homes.
Medical sources reported that
Mahmoud Abu Samra, 13, was killed and 17 members of his family,
including women and children, were injured after the army bombarded
their home in Al-Sudaniyya area in Gaza City. Excessive damage to nearby
homes was also reported.
Shortly after midnight, the Israeli Air
Force bombarded a home near a former security center in Beit Lahia
leading to excessive damage.
Minutes later, the Israeli
occupation army fired at least three missiles at the Ansar Center that
belongs to the Hamas-led government in Gaza, leading to excessive damage
to the center and nearby structures. Three residents, including a medic,
In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza
Strip, the Israeli occupation Air Force fired at least one missile into
Abasan village, east of the Khan Younis refugee camp. Another missile
landed and detonated in an open area close to a local mosque. One
missile was also fired into another training center that belongs to the
Al-Qassam brigades, west of Khan Younis.
Two more air strikes
targeted Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, and Al Amal neighbored west
of the city, leading to excessive damage and anxiety attacks amongst the
Furthermore, the Israeli occupation Air Force carried
out two air strikes apparently targeting border tunnels in Rafah, in
southern Gaza; excessive damage was reported.
evening, six Palestinians, including a child, were killed in Al-Shu'out
area in Rafah, in southern Gaza. They slain residents were identified as
Kamal Al-Nairab, Imad Hamed, Khalid Sha'ath, Imad Nassr, Khalid Al-Masry,
and Malak Khalid Sha'ath (2 years old). Kamal Al-Nairab, head of the
Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza.
that Imad Hammad is in charge of the military activities of the PRC in
Gaza, and that Khalid Sha'ath was involved in the capturing of Israeli
soldier, Gilad Shalit, in 2006. The Israeli Shin Bet security service
also suspects that Hamed was behind the planning of the Thursday attack
Other air strikes targeted an area close to Um Al-Nasr
Bedouin village, in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Local sources reported that Israel war jets can be still seen
hovering over several parts of the Gaza Strip leading to fears of a
further Israeli military escalation.
On Friday morning,
Palestinian fighters fired a Grad Missile into Be-er Al-Saba'a (called
Beer Sheva by Israelis), and also fired several shells towards Isdood
(called Ashdod by Israelis), and Asqalan (called Ashkelon by
Israelis) and several others areas leading to six injuries, one
seriously, the Israeli Radio reported.
Two missiles were also
fired into Sdot Negev Regional Council and Shear Hanegev area leading to
no damages or injuries, according to the Israeli Radio.
missiles were fired on Thursday at night into Ashkelon and were
reportedly intercepted by the Iron Dome system. Israel also deployed new
Iron Dome interception systems in Be’er Sheva.
Haaretz, reported that at least 10 Grad rockets and Qassam shells were
fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday, one day after the attack that
targeted a military bus near Eilat, killing nine Israelis.
Haaretz said that the rockets were fired on Friday morning into Asqalan,
Kiryat Gat and Be-er Al-Saba'a leading to seven injuries. It added that
most of the rockets landed in open areas, yet, one missile struck a
building in Isdood Industrial Park, inflicting six injuries, one
Army Bombards Rafah Killing Six Palestinians;
Child Killed In Gaza City
Saed Bannora & George Rishmawi, Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:51:29
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Thursday
evening that six Palestinians, including a senior resistance leader, and
a child, were killed when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into a
home in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. A Child was also
killed and five residents were injured when the army bombarded Gaza
The sources stated that the Israeli Air Force fired a
missile at the house of one of the leaders of the Popular Resistance
Committees in Al Sho’outh neighborhood in Rafah, killing six
Three of them are leaders of the Popular
Resistance committees, while one of the three was identified as Awad An-Nairab,
the Secretary-General of the Committees. Adham Abu Salmiyya,
spokesperson of the Emergency and Medical Services in Gaza, reported
that the bodies of four of the slain residents were severely mutilated
due to the blast, and that one of them is 2-year-old child.
Besides An-Nairab, the slain residents were identified as Imad Hammad,
leader of the Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, Khaled Shaath, and his son Malak,
2 years old, Imad Nassr, and Khaled Al Masry.
In another Israeli
military escalation, a 13-year-old child was killed, and 18 other
civilians were injured when the army bombarded several areas in northern
Gaza and in Gaza City.
The child was identified as Mahmoud Abu
Samra. Children and women were among the wounded; they were all moved to
the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza.
The large number of casualties
came due to Israeli army bombardment of a home in northern Gaza and a
home west Gaza City.
Local sources reported that the Israeli
occupation army and air force bombarded several targets in the northern
and southern parts of the Gaza Strip, including a training site for the
Al Qassam Brigades of Hamas west of Khan Younis, in the southern part of
the Gaza Strip.
Two more areas were bombarded east of Khan
Younis, in addition to a target in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of
the Gaza Strip, leading to explosions in Gaza pipelines and destruction
to several structures.
On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister,
Ehud Barak, vowed to strike Gaza following attacks that targeted Eilat
Coastal city, leading to the death of eight Israelis and the injury of
more than twenty, five seriously. Barak said that the attackers came
from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Daily, Haaretz, reported that 15-20
fighters from Gaza managed to cross the border carrying rifles, grenades
Haaretz added that the fighters killed eight
Israelis and wounded more than 30 others in the attack.
that this attack was planned by the Popular Resistance Committee in the
Gaza Strip, and that the fighters managed to infiltrate from the Gaza
Strip into the Sinai desert through tunnels, and then travelled nearly
200 kilometers to an area that is only protected with tattered wire
fence, 15 kilometers north of Eilat. They then opened fire at a bus
carrying Israeli soldiers north of Netafim Crossing.
further stated that the soldiers managed to kill five of the fighters
while the Egyptian Security Forces killed two of them. Israel believes
that at least 15-20 fighters participated in the attack, and that most
of them managed to escape.
The army believes that the fighters
intended to kidnap an Israeli soldier, and that, due to previous
warnings, troops increased their presence in the area.
Israeli Air Strike Kills Six Palestinians In Gaza
George Rishmawi, IMEMC & Agencies, Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:51:29
Israeli air force bombarded the Gaza Strip killing at least six
Palestinians and wounding some others, Thursday evening.
Palestinian medical sources said six were killed, three of which were
leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Al-Shu'outh area
in Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
comes hours after a deadly attack that targeted two Israeli buses and
two other vehicles in southern Israel killing seven Israelis and
wounding around 31 others, one in critical condition.
Palestine Information Center said the airstrike targeted the house of
Abu Awad Al-Nairab, Secretary General of the PRC. He and Imad Hammad
leader of Salah Eddin Brigade the armed wing of the Popular Resistance
Committees and a third leader of PRC were killed in the strike.
Abu Mjuahid, spokesperson of Salahuddin Brigade, the armed wing of the
PRC said that Israel opened the door for retaliation by bombarding Rafah.
Israel strikes central Gaza refugee camp
Published today (updated) 19/08/2011 14:14
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --
Israeli occupation government warplanes struck Al-Nusairat refugee
camp in central Gaza on Friday morning in an ongoing assault which has
killed at least seven Palestinians in the
coastal enclave since Thursday.
One Palestinian was lightly
injured as Israeli fighter jets bombed a generator near the camp,
causing a power outage across the area, said Gaza medical official Adham
Missiles also hit a training camp of the armed wing
of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, witnesses said.
The raid came
hours after the Israeli occupation government airplanes launched
airstrikes on Al-Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City causing damage
but no injuries, medics said.
Just after midnight Friday, Israeli
warplanes launched a series of raids targeting Gaza City, the northern
towns of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya, and Khan Younis in the south.
Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said an airstrike on a home
near the former intelligence services headquarters in Gaza City killed
13-year-old Mahmoud Abu Samra and injured 18
Elsewhere, Apache helicopters fired at least two
missiles toward a Palestinian military site in the town of Beit Lahiya
and a missile near Khan Younis landed in an open area and caused no
injuries or damage.
The overnight strikes followed a day of
violence in which gunmen unleashed bloody mayhem on on a desert road
near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat.
Six Israeli civilians, a
soldier and a police officer were killed in several hours of attacks on
a desert road some 20 kilometers north of Eilat.
were quick to point the finger at Gaza, although the territory's Hamas
rulers denied any connection to the attacks.
responded to the attacks in Eilat immediately, attacking targets in
southern Gaza which killed six people, including a two-year-old toddler
and alleged five members from the Popular Resistance Committees -- the
group it said was behind the violence.
The PRC vowed bitter
revenge for the attack, which killed its leader and three other top
cadres, and on Friday claimed responsibility for firing at least seven
rockets and mortars into Israel.
Both sides were burying their
dead on Friday, with funerals in Jerusalem for the soldier and the
police officer, and a burial procession due to take place in southern
Gaza for the five militants and the toddler.
As Israeli police
went on high alert across Israel, the country's main newspapers painted
a much clearer picture of how events unfolded on Thursday involving an
estimated 15 to 20 gunmen, some wearing Egyptian army fatigues.
The first attack saw three gunmen open fire on a packed bus heading to
Eilat, injuring seven people. Shortly afterwards, they opened fire on a
civilian car in the same area, killing four people.
Then one of
the militants detonated an explosives-packed belt he was wearing as an
empty bus drove past, blowing himself up and killing the driver. Further
gunfire was directed at another car, killing one man.
and the police officer were killed in two separate gunbattles with the
attackers which lasted into the evening, the papers said.
the attackers were killed by Israeli troops and special police forces,
while the seventh blew himself up; others are believed to have fled
across the Egyptian border.
In Egypt, state television said two
"unidentified Egyptians" had been killed by Israeli gunfire on Thursday
in an area near the site of the attacks; overnight security officials
said three Egyptian policemen were also
killed in the same area when an Israeli Apache fired a rocket at
Egypt's state television on Thursday showed footage of
rifles, grenades and army uniforms seized during an ongoing security
operation in northern Sinai, while in a separate development, security
officials said they had uncovered a workshop capable of producing
FP contributed to this report.
Egypt: Israeli rocket kills 3 policemen
Ma'an, 19/08/2011 09:39 EILAT, Israel (AFP) --
Three Egyptian policemen have been killed after an Israeli plane
fired a rocket near the border at militants it was tracking following
earlier attacks, security officials said Thursday.
official MENA news agency quoted a military official as saying that two
policemen were killed when the Israeli aircraft opened fire near the
Rafah border town with the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
officials said the incident took place south of Rafah, along the border
They identified the Israeli aircraft as an Apache
gunship that had been tracking the militants who attacked two buses, a
civilian car and a military jeep in the coastal city of Eilat hours
Gaza rockets hit Israel after night of airstrikes
Ma'an, 19/08/2011 12:23
GAZA CITY (AFP) --
Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza Strip, on Friday, fired 12
rockets into Israeli targets, seriously injuring one person after a
night of Israeli air strikes which killed seven people, including a
teenager, and hurt 17 other people.
Most of them caused no
injuries or damage but two struck the southern coastal town of Isdood
(changed by Israelis to Ashdod) on Friday morning, damaging a school and
a synagogue and seriously wounding one person, Israeli police and the
The uptick in rocket attacks came as Israeli
fighter jets staged seven overnight air strikes on targets across Gaza
which killed a teenager and injured 17 people,
Palestinian medics said.
The Israeli strikes were launched just
hours after a series of deadly attacks near the Red Sea resort town of
Eilat, which killed eight Israelis in an operation Israel blamed on the
Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees.
Shortly after the
attacks on a desert road, Israel attacked targets in southern Gaza,
killing six -- including four top PRC
members and a two-year-old boy.
group vowed bitter revenge and on Friday claimed responsibility for
firing two Grad rockets toward the port city of Asqalan (changed by
Israelis to Ashkelon) and seven mortars at an army post near the
southernmost point of the Israel-Gaza border, close to Egypt.
Friday, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine also vowed that Israel's attacks would not pass without
"punishment and revenge."
The Abu Ali Mustapha brigades called
for unity and resolve in the face of the attacks in a statement received
Overnight, the Israeli air force staged seven raids,
hitting two training camps for the armed wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam
Brigades, as well as Palestinian security posts, medics said.
Egypt's official MENA news agency reported, meanwhile, that two Egyptian
policemen were killed on Thursday when an Israeli plane fired a rocket
near the border at militants it was tracking after the deadly desert
The incident took place near the Rafah border crossing
with Gaza, the agency quoted a military official as saying.
Israeli plane was pursuing infiltrators on the other side of the border
until they reached Rafah and fired at them. There were several Central
Security members there and they were hit by the gunfire," the official
State television reported that the two police
conscripts were killed southwards from Rafah near Taba, roughly 12
kilometers from the Israeli town of Eilat close to the site of the
The Israeli military has not immediately commented on
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