Fatal clashes in southern Gaza

An Israeli soldier and Hamas fighter die in battle near Khan Younis.

    Mourners carry Mohammed Shameya's body during a funeral in Khan Younis where he was shot [Reuters]



    The military said it launched the operation on Wednesday morning near Khan Younis in response to shooting attacks and other anti-Israel activity in the area of the border fence.
     
    The Israeli air force also conducted air raids in the area in support of the operation that the army said was aimed at preventing attacks near the barrier between Gaza and Israel.
     
    Shooting attacks
     
    On Tuesday, an Israeli missile attackin northern Gaza killed a member of the Popular Resistance Committees. Another two people were wounded in the strike at a cemetery east of the town of Jabaliya.
     
    During Tuesday's operation, troops said they uncovered a tunnel shaft about 3.5m deep in a house near the border fence.
     
    A similar tunnel was used by Gaza fighters who raided an army post on the border in June 2006 and captured an Israeli corporal, who is still being held by Hamas.
     
    Since Israel and the Palestinians formally revived peace talks in November, at least 371 people have been killed, most of them Gaza fighters, according to an AFP tally.
     
    At least 6,334 people have been killed since the eruption of the latest Palestinian uprising in 2000, the vast majority of them Palestinians.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.