|A Palestinian man cries at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City near the covered body of relative killed in an Israeli military strike on a home east of Gaza City. The Al-Hilu family was playing football when the shell hit, medics said |
uruknet, March 22, 2011
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli warplanes killed four Palestinians in an air strike on Az-Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City on Tuesday evening, medics said.
The attack came hours after Israeli artillery fire hit a home east of Gaza City killing a child, a teenager and three adults.
Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the four victims of the latest strike were members of the Al-Quds Brigades. They were all in their 20s, he said.
Abu Salmiya identified those killed as Adham Al-Hazareen, Sa’dy Hals, Muhammad Atyeh Al-Harazeen and Muhammad Abed.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israeli fighter jets identified “a group of terrorists” in northern Gaza who she said were preparing to launch a projectile into Israel. The warplanes dropped missiles on the group “and confirmed a hit,” she added.
The army official said the men targeted were from the same group that launched a grad rocket into Israel on February 23, but could not say how they had been identified.