Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mei 24, 2008

5 Palestinian killed in strike

A relative of Mohammed Rezek is revived after fainting, during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 23, 2008. Five Palestinian were killed in clashes Friday with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, further undermining efforts to bring a brief truce to the violence-wracked area, Palestinian medical sources said.

Israeli soldiers escort blindfolded Palestinian prisoners from an armored vehicle after a military operation in the southern Gaza Strip, on the Israel-Gaza Border, Friday, May 23, 2008. Five Palestinian were killed in clashes Friday with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, further undermining efforts to bring a brief truce to the violence-wracked area, Palestinian medical sources said.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

A blindfolded Palestinian prisoner sits in the back of an Israeli army vehicle after a military operation in the southern Gaza Strip, on the Israel-Gaza Border, Friday, May 23, 2008. Five Palestinian were killed in clashes Friday with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, further undermining efforts to bring a brief truce to the violence-wracked area, Palestinian medical sources said.AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

5 Palestinian killed in strike

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip. May 23, 2008 – ( Yahoo News) Clashes on Friday between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip left five militants dead, further undermining efforts to bring a brief truce to the violence-wracked area.

Israeli aircraft sent missiles flying at three Hamas militants on motorcycles, killing all three, Gaza health officials said. The Israeli military said the men were carrying anti-tank missiles.

Two other Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad group were killed in central Gaza, health officials said. The military said it fired at gunmen approaching the security fence along Israel’s border.

The violence came a day after a Palestinian suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into a Gaza-Israel border crossing. Although the bomber killed only himself, the attack reinforced skepticism about Egyptian-led truce efforts, and set back Palestinian demands to ease the Israeli-led blockade of Gaza, imposed after Hamas overran the coastal territory a year ago.

Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad, said the attack was meant to “send a message” to Israel that if it didn’t accept a truce, “Gaza is not going to be a place where you will enjoy stability.”

The truce deal has been elusive, with both sides setting tough conditions. Hamas wants Israel and Egypt to open sealed border crossings with Gaza, while Israel demands the return of a captured soldier held in Gaza. …more

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