Israeli assassination attempt fails

An Israeli helicopter gunship has fired a missile into a Palestinian refugee camp in a failed attempt to assassinate a suspected resistance leader.

    Refugees at the Rafah camp rush for cover from missile attack

    Seven people were seriously injured during the attack on Thursday evening when shrapnel ripped through the intended victim's home in Gaza's Rafah camp.

    But Muhammad al-Khalil escaped with light injuries, though his 10-year-old son, Yasir, was seriously wounded. 

    The Israeli army has confirmed the number of casualties.

    It was the second time Israel has tried to assassinate al-Khalil, whom it alleges heads Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip.

    Previous attempts

    His house was blown up on 15 May in another Israeli helicopter missile attack, with a spokesman claiming at the time that his home was used to store weapons and make explosives.

    Al-Khalil also had to have his foot amputated at the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000 after he suffered major injuries in a rocket attack.

    The assassination attempt may have been related to a Palestinian makeshift rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot, which missed the town and injured no-one.

    In addition to the two home-made rockets on Sderot, the Israeli military also reports that a mortar also landed near the illegal Jewish colony of Morag in southern Gaza – again injuring nobody.

    Israeli occupation forces have since closed down the checkpoints along the trans-Gaza highway and the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in effect cutting Gaza into three parts.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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