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Ongoing Gaza-Israel conflicts leave 14 militants killed

(Xinhua)

11:29, March 11, 2012

GAZA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing conflicts between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip have left 14 militants killed and more than 20 Palestinians injured, as militants kept launching rockets at Israel and Israeli war jets struck back, medics said.

Adham Abu Selmeya, Gaza emergency spokesman, told Xinhua that a new airstrike on a motorcycle in the southern city of Khan Younis had killed two people and a third one was critically wounded.

The pro-Hamas Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) claimed that the two killed are its members, vowing that it would keep carrying out attacks in revenge for their top commander Zuhair al-Qaisi and other militants who were killed in airstrikes.

The latest airstrike puts the death toll of people killed since Friday to 14, all of them resistance fighters. The majority of the dead are members of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement.

The ongoing escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Gaza militant groups is the worst since August 2011, when 25 Palestinians were killed in a wave of violence after Israel killed PRC's top commander Kamal al-Nairab.

Abu Mujahid, a PRC spokesman, told reporters that "we are not committed anymore to the truce with the occupation (Israel). We will teach the occupation a lesson for its ongoing crimes."

Meanwhile, Israel Radio reported that the Israeli authorities denied an appeal of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to bury Mahmoud Hanani, a former prisoner released on Oct. 18, 2011 in a prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel.

Hanani was killed Friday with al-Qaisi when an Israeli war jet struck their car running in southern Gaza city.

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