Israeli soldiers wound 3 Palestinians in eastern Gaza: sources

10:05, March 23, 2010      

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Israeli soldiers stationed at the borders between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel wounded Monday evening three Palestinians and detained them, Israeli security sources said.

The sources said that the incident occurred east of the Israeli army checkpoint of Kissufim near the borders between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

The identity of the three Palestinians was not immediately known.

Meanwhile, local witnesses in the area told Xinhua that a group of Palestinian militants fired mortar shells at an Israeli army force near the border, and sounds of gunfire and explosions were heard in the area.

They said the Palestinian militants fired mortar shells, and then three militants managed to sneak into the borders area and clashed with Israeli soldiers, adding that there are apparently casualties among the Israeli army forces.

Earlier, Israeli sources said that three Palestinians tried to infiltrate into Israel, and exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers in Kissufim region, adding that Israeli army has by far controlled the situation and arrested the three Palestinians.

No immediate comment was available from the Israeli army spokesman.

Clashes between Israel and the Palestinians in Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has recently flared up as radical Islamic groups and left- wing parties from Gaza fired several homemade rockets at Israel.

Israeli F-16 warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on several Gaza Strip targets over the past three days, mainly in southern part of the enclave, where medics reported that at least 15 people were injured during these raids.

Senior Hamas leader in Gaza Mahmoud al-Zahar earlier Monday accused Israel of trying to drag the Palestinians into a new wave of violence to cover the crimes it carried out in the West Bank and al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Source: Xinhua
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