Israel, Gaza militants tussle leaves six people dead

Six Palestinians were killed and 32 injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza after militants fired on an Israeli jeep, wounding four soldiers and medics, witnesses said on Sunday.

The flare-up, which began on Saturday, was one of the most serious since Israel’s devastating 22-day operation in the Gaza Strip over New Year 2009. In the latest spate of attacks and counter-attacks between the army and Palestinians, a militant was killed and two other people wounded in an Israeli air strike near the northern Gaza town of Jabaliya overnight, medics said.

The dead man was named as Mohammed Shwikani, a 20-year-old militant with the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said. Medics reported finding the body of another Islamic Jihad militant, 20-year-old Mohammed Abed, who was killed in another air strike east of Jabaliya, raising the death toll to six over 12 hours of bloodshed.

The Israeli military said it had attacked seven different targets overnight, including arms dumps, a weapons-making facility and two rocket-launching sites “in response to recent events.”

The violence erupted when militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep near the Karni crossing along the border east of Gaza City.

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