Israel kills six in Gaza, threatens "escalation"

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A Palestinian child stands on the rubble of a home destroyed by Israeli warplanes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 11 November 2012. (Photo: AFP - Said Khatib)

Published Sunday, November 11, 2012

Israel’s far-right prime minister on Sunday threatened Palestinians with more attacks after weekend airstrikes killed six in Gaza, including children.

“We are prepared to escalate our actions," Benjamin Netanyahu said during a weekly cabinet meeting.

Israeli warplanes launched a series of strikes Saturday evening on Gaza killing four civilians after members of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) attacked an Israeli military jeep that crossed into Gaza.

Two other Palestinians, Mohammed Shwikani and Mohammed Abed, both aged 20 and reportedly members of Islamic Jihad, were killed late Saturday and early Sunday morning in Israel’s assaults.

At least 32 Palestinians were injured in Israel’s night-long airstrikes.

Palestinians fired a barrage of rockets into Israel in response to the killings.

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry said 10 of the injured were in critical condition and had undergone amputations.

He named the four civilians killed as 20-year-old Matar Abul Ata, 17-year-old Mohammed Harara, 15-year-old Ahmed Harara and 18-year-old Ahmed Dardasawy.

The PFLP and other resistance groups have in recent weeks increased their responses to Israel’s frequent military incursions into Gaza.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)


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