Israel kills Hamas gunman, wounds four in Gaza (REUTERS) Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams, Editing by Mark Trevelyan GAZA 07/12/12 5:24am EDT)
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(Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a Hamas gunman and wounded four
others in two incidents in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian
Direct confrontations between Israel and Gaza´s governing Islamists
have been rare since their 2008-2009 war, though fighting with
smaller Palestinian factions has persisted. A flare-up last month
killed nine Gazans, including Hamas members, and prompted neighboring
Egypt to broker a ceasefire.
In Gaza City, an Israeli air strike killed a Hamas gunman and wounded
a comrade, the faction said. The Israeli military said the man
targeted had been preparing to fire a short-range rocket into Israel.
Separately, Israeli troops shelled a vehicle in the eastern Gaza
Strip, wounding three Palestinians who medics identified as fighters.
The army said the Palestinians were trying to launch an anti-tank
missile at one of its border patrols.
On Monday, heavy machine-gun fire from Gaza struck cars some 3 km (2
miles) inside Israel, causing no casualties, the military said. No
Palestinian faction claimed responsibility.
"The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any
terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip," the Israeli
military spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
But a senior Israeli politician struck a different note, telling a
Tel Aviv think-tank that Hamas had been making a "big effort" to
prevent cross-border shelling by other Gaza factions.
"All this is not a result of love of Zion, but because of Israeli
deterrence," Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told the Institute for
National Security Studies. "They do not want to be dragged into
another round (of fighting) which for them - mainly for them - would
be very tough." (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 07/12/12)
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