Palestinian fighters clash with Israeli troops in northern Gaza; five soldiers dead - projectle fire continues
Date: 10 / 01 / 2009 Time: 13:47
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Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza’s armed factions launched projectiles at the western Negev Saturday, and continued to clash with Israeli ground troops in Gaza, reportedly injuring five soldiers near the borders of the Strip.


Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds fighters attacked Special Forces as they rested in a home in the northern Gaza Strip near the American school. The Brigades statement said fighters used Rocket Propelled Grenades and medium grade weaponry to surprise the soldiers, saying a number were killed during the operation.

All Al-Quds fighters were able to flee the scene safely, according to a statement from the group.

Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades said they detonated two explosive devices near Israeli soldiers and shot an Israeli soldier with sniper fire on Mount Kashef east of Gaza City.

The group said they also targeted a configuration of soldiers east of Jabaliya with RPGs and shot at soldiers near the Gaza Strip borders. They did not indicate whether soldiers had been injured.

A military wing calling itself Jaysh Al-Umma (Army of the Nation) claimed to have shot an Israeli soldier southeast of the Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City Saturday morning,

The Eagles of Palestine said they shelled a compound housing Israeli tanks north of Makbara Ash-Sharkyah with two 15mm mortar shells.

The National Resistance Brigades said they shelled several tanks east of Al-Maghazy with a developed projectile launcher before dawn Saturday.

Israeli sources said five soldiers were injured in clashes with Palestinian resistance factions Friday, and there has been no word on how many were injured Saturday.


Islamic Jihad’s armed wing the Al-Quds Brigades said resistance fighters fired three projectiles at the Eshkol area of the western Negev.

The Brigades also launched four mortar shells towards the Nahal Oz military point in a joint action with the “Eagles of Palestine,” a group previously unheard of, which began conducting military operations shortly after Israel began its offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israel confirmed that three projectiles landnd in Eshkol Saturday, with no injuries reported; several mortar shells were also reported to have landed near military compounds near the Gaza borders.