Tuesday, August 17, 2004

5 Palestinians killed in IAF missile strike on Hamas house

Five Palestinians were killed shortly after midnight Wednesday when IAF helicopters fired a missile at the Gaza City house of a Hamas member.

Hospital officials said seven people were wounded, four critically. Palestinians said the house is in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, a stronghold of Islamic militants, and belonged to Hamas member Ahmed Jabari. Residents said several men were in the first floor apartment at the time of the explosion.

Hospital officials said all the dead were adults. Two were Hamas members and another was with Islamic Jihad. The others were not immediately identified.

Dozens of Hamas members gathered at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, where the dead and wounded were taken.