|[ 13/01/2009 - 04:50 PM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian medical staff was able this morning to recover bodies of 22 Palestinian citizens killed during the IOF troops’ attempts to advance last night and early Tuesday into the Tel Al-Islam neighborhood, southeast Gaza city.
The medical staff have not been able to have access to all bodies which are caught in crossfire in the area, according to Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, the director of emergency services in the health ministry.
The Tel Al-Islam area witnessed fierce fighting between Palestinian resistance fighters and IOF troops who failed to break into the area after they took positions in nearby agricultural lands.
According to Palestinian eyewitnesses, the Palestinian resistance fighters showed heroic death-defiance and managed to destroy more than 10 tanks and armored vehicles in the area.
The eyewitnesses added that the ferocity of the resistance made the IOF troops shell and fire at the area randomly, where dozens of houses and buildings were completely destroyed, noting that the IOF troops used white phosphorous and incendiary shells during their attack.
Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, managed during a successful ambush to kill and wound at dawn Tuesday a number of IOF troops who tried to infiltrate into east of Khan Younis city, south Gaza.
In a communiqué received by the PIC, Al-Qassam Brigades said that its fighters detonated four anti-personnel explosive devices, and fired 15 mortar shells and one RPG at different Israeli special forces who tried to advance into Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis.
The Hebrew radio reported that one of its soldiers was seriously wounded and three others sustained slight and moderate injuries after an Israeli brigade of paratroopers was attacked by Palestinian resistance fighters in the north of Gaza, alleging that the paratroopers were mistakenly shot by other Israeli troops.