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Two Hamas armed wing members killed in Israeli air strike

world Updated: Jan 13, 2008 08:55 IST

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Two members of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

They said the explosion of a missile, apparently fired from a drone, and four other people wounded killed the two Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades militants. The attack took place east of the city of Khan Yunis, near the Israeli border on Saturday.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the air strike without specifying how it was carried out.

He said the raid was part of a campaign targeting armed groups which have "fired some 215 rockets or mortar rounds" at Israel or Israeli forces carrying out operations in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces did not launch any operations in Gaza during the visit of US President George W Bush, who toured Israel and the West Bank over three days.

The last attack carried out by Israel occurred on Wednesday morning when two civilians and a Palestinian activist were killed and 10 other people wounded.

Almost 30 Palestinians -- the majority of them fighters -- have been killed in Gaza since the start of the year following Israeli land or air strikes.

Yesterday's deaths brought to 6,046 the number of people killed since the start of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, the vast majority of them Palestinian, according to an AFP tally.