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7 killed, several injured in Israel-Palestinian retaliatory attacks


14:31, October 30, 2011

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip launched rounds of retaliatory attacks against each other on Saturday, leaving seven Palestinians killed and several from both sides wounded.

Five militants belonging to the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement's armed wing Al-Quds Brigades were killed and another three were critically injured Saturday afternoon, when Israel launched an airstrike on a Jihad training post in the Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

The killed included Ahmed al-Sheikh Khalil, a senior member who headed the group's rocket engineering team.

Israel said the killed militants were behind two rocket attacks on central Israel two days ago.

Another two militants of Al-Quds Brigades were killed Saturday night in a second Israeli air raid on Rafah.

Eyewitnesses told Xinhua that the Israeli war jets fired a missile and struck a group of militants near the inoperative Gaza Airport in Rafah.

Two militants were also seriously wounded by the shrapnel of missile, according to medics at Abu Yousef al-Najjar.

The militants were trying to launch rockets at some targets in southern Israel, in revenge for the earlier Israeli airstrike on the training post, witnesses said.

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