Hamas says two fighters found dead in bombed Gaza tunnel (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 06/21/12)
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Palestinians said Thursday they had recovered the bodies of two
militants from a tunnel damaged by an Israeli air strike on Gaza,
raising to 10 the death toll in the territory since Monday.
Thaer Mohammed al-Bik, 30, and Mohammed Zuhair al-Khaldi, 26, were
killed by gas fumes as they carried out an inspection of the tunnel
hit by Israeli fire on Tuesday, the military wing of Gaza´s ruling
Hamas movement said.
Gaza militants continued to fire across the border into Israel on
Thursday but the intensity was sharply down on the previous day, as a
truce declared by Hamas´s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades military wing
appeared to be taking hold.
By mid-afternoon, nine rockets had hit southern Israel, causing no
casualties, a military spokeswoman told AFP. Another was intercepted
by Israel´s Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system.
There had been no Israeli raids.
In the evening, three more rockets were fired into southern Israel,
without causing any casualties, a military spokesman said.
On Wednesday, police logged 58 rocket and mortar strikes during the
Late that evening, the Hamas military wing said it had agreed to an
Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, after three days of
bloodshed in and around Gaza.
The latest round of Israeli attacks and Palestinian retaliation began
with air strikes on Monday morning, just hours after gunmen from
Sinai carried out an ambush along Israel´s southern border with
Egypt, killing an Israeli civilian.
Israel has said that its sudden spike in Gaza operations -- three
deadly air raids in just over 12 hours -- was "in no way related" to
the border incident, with the military saying the air force was
targeting militants about to attack the Jewish state.
Since Monday, 130 rockets and mortar rounds have been fired at
Israel, of which three have been brought down by Iron Dome, an army
spokeswoman told AFP.
One rocket slammed into an Israeli border police post, wounding four
The Hamas military wing said in its statement on Thursday that it had
fired 120 rockets, a rare show of force from the Islamist group that
had been observing a de facto truce. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France
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