9 killed, 13 injured in Israeli air strike
Witnesses said that an Israeli army reconnaissance aircraft fired one missile at the van and all the Islamic Jihad militants inside were killed.Updated: Jun 13, 2006 18:08 IST
At least nine Palestinians were killed and 13 others wounded in two Israeli air strikes that targeted a van travelling in eastern Gaza Strip on Tuesday noon, witnesses and medics said.
An Islamic Jihad (Holy War) spokesman Abu Ahmed said the Palestinians killed in the air strikes are nine, five of them are members of Jihad's armed wing al-Quds Brigades.
Joma's al-Saqqa and Baker Abu Safeya, two doctors at Shiffa Hospital emergency room confirmed that nine Palestinians were killed and 13 wounded in the air strike.
Medical sources added that at least four killed were members of the Islamic Jihad armed wing and two were children.
Witnesses and security sources said that an Israeli army reconnaissance aircraft fired one missile at the van and all the Islamic Jihad militants inside were killed.
Dozens of people, bystanders and civilians, who gathered around the car, were hit by another rocket, increasing the number of casualties.
Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said that three militants were killed in another air strike that targeted their car, near Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip.
Israel decided to intensify air strikes on Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip continue to fire homemade rockets from Gaza to southern Israel.
First Published: Jun 13, 2006 18:08 IST