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Gaza blast kills 3 Palestinians, wounds 5

An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five on Wednesday, a medical official said, but the reason for the blast was unclear. The three killed were already dead on their arrival at hospital, and all were in their 20s, Hamas's health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. The other five were in serious condition, he said.

Israel PM vows no let-up after deadly West Bank raid

Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the army would use force against anybody plotting attacks against the Jewish state, after troops killed three Palestinians in a West Bank raid. "Over the weekend, our forces struck at a terrorist who had organised attacks on Israelis and was also planning attacks on innocent civilians," Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting. "Our policy is to attack those who attack us and who are planning to attack us," his office quoted him as saying. "Both were applicable in this case."

Hamas sends Israelis threatening text messages

The military wing of Hamas which rules Gaza sent threatening text messages to Israelis on Saturday, 10 years after the Palestinian Islamist movement's spiritual leader was killed in an Israeli air strike. Israelis, as well as foreign reporters in Israel, received messages reading: "If Gaza will be attacked the life of the Zionists will be hell" and "In the next war all the Land of Palestine will return". A Hamas source told AFP it was the work of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid

Three Palestinians were killed in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank Saturday after Israeli soldiers launched an operation to arrest a militant, Palestinian officials said. Medical and security sources said two of those killed were militants and the third was a civilian, and that 14 other Palestinians were wounded, two of them in critical condition. The Palestinian sources said soldiers entered the camp in the northern West Bank city to arrest Hamza Abu Alheja, 20, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid

Three Palestinians were killed in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank early on Saturday after Israeli soldiers launched an operation to arrest a militant, Palestinian officials said. Medical and security sources said two of those killed were militants and the third was a civilian. They said 14 Palestinians were also wounded, with two in critical condition.

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid

Three Palestinians were killed in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank early on Saturday after Israeli soldiers launched an operation to arrest a militant, Palestinian officials said. Medical and security sources said two of those killed were militants and the third was a civilian. They said 14 Palestinians were also wounded, with two in critical condition.

Israel says Gaza 'terrorist' tunnel discovered

Israel said Friday it had uncovered a new Gaza "terrorist" tunnel reaching into the Jewish state, but Hamas said the tunnel was old and had been exposed by storms. The tunnel "reaches hundreds of metres (yards) into Israel" from the besieged Palestinian enclave, army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters, adding that it was designed for carrying out a "terrorist attack". Lerner did not give the exact location of the tunnel, saying it was "engineered with substantial concrete slabs... and varies in depth from six to eight metres".

Egypt militant group says founder killed in bomb accident

Egypt's deadliest militant group said one of its founders, who led a deadly 2011 attack in Israel, has been accidentally killed by a bomb. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has spearheaded a low-level insurgency against Egyptian soldiers and police, said Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej was killed last week when a car accident set off a bomb he was carrying. The group, whose name means Partisans of Jerusalem in Arabic, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Israel drone crashes in Gaza

An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said. "A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP. "An investigation is under way." The Al-Rai news agency, run by the territory's Islamist rulers, Hamas, said the drone came down east of the southern city of Khan Yunis. Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said its fighters had retrieved the drone.

Palestinian security chief in Lebanon killed

Masked gunmen killed a Palestinian commander in the Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Monday, a camp official told AFP. "Two masked gunmen on a motorcycle... opened fire with a machine gun on Mohammed Zeidan in front of his home," the camp official from the mainstream Fatah faction of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said. "He was transferred to a health centre but was pronounced dead on arrival," the official added, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity. A camp medic said Zeidan had been sprayed with at least 15 bullets.
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