Middle East

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli drone in Gaza: emergency services

Israeli soldiers stand next to their tanks in an army deployment area near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 6, 2014 after more than 135 rockets hit Israel over the past 24 days.AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinian fighters were killed and another wounded late Sunday by an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza Strip, emergency services said.

The victims were among a group of armed militants who were targeted by the Israeli drone east of Bureij refugee camp, near central Gaza's border with the Jewish state, witnesses said.

In a statement, Israel's army said it "has succeeded in stopping another attack against Israel by targeting terrorists who are implicated in launching rockets from central Gaza."

"The target was hit," said the statement.

Earlier, the Israeli army carried out a drone strike against a group of radical Gaza militants, but the targets managed to escape, witnesses said.

Since Sunday morning, Gaza militants have fired at least 25 rockets and mortar shells over the border, after a night of 10 air strikes.

The strikes come after the brutal murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder on July 2 triggered four days of violent clashes that broke out in east Jerusalem and have spread to more than half a dozen Arab towns in Israel, with hordes of angry protesters hurling stones at riot police.





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