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Palestinian cameraman killed in Israeli attack on central Gaza
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09:01, April 17, 2008

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A local cameraman working for Reuters Television was killed in an Israeli attack on central Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian witnesses and medics reported.

Witnesses said an Israeli artillery shell hit the white armored jeep of Faddel Ouda Shana'a in the neighborhood of Johr el-Deikeast of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

Medics at al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza Strip said Shana'a was killed in the shelling and his body was brought to the hospital.

Earlier, nine Palestinians were killed and 20 others wounded in an Israeli strike in the same area, according to Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian health ministry.

Hassanein said women and children were among the nine victims, adding that 20 more people were injured, five of them in critical conditions.

Palestinian residents said an Israeli helicopter fired at least four air-to-ground missiles at a mosque and two neighboring houses in Johr el-Deik neighborhood east of al-Bureij refugee camp.

The same neighborhood was stormed by several Israeli army tanks, armored vehicles and bulldozers earlier in the day, and witnessed an exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and Israeli soldiers.

In northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian militant was killed and five others were injured in two separate Israeli airstrike earlier on Wednesday.

The undated file photo shows Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana working in Gaza. At least ten Palestinians including local cameraman Fadel Shana working for Reuters Television were killed in an Israeli airstrike Wednesday in central Gaza.

In addition, four Islamic Hamas militants and three Israeli soldiers were killed during an Israeli ground operations near the borders between eastern Gaza and Israel early in the morning.


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