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Three Palestinian brothers killed in Israeli raid

Three Palestinian brothers killed in Israeli raid

Three Palestinian brothers were killed and nine other people were wounded yesterday when Israel bombed smuggling tunnels between the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and Egypt, medics said.
Rescue services were digging through the rubble to try to find another man who was reported missing after the first Israeli air strike against the tunnels in more than two weeks.
Mansur, Wael and Ibrahim al-Batniji, aged 30, 26 and 24, were working inside the tunnels when Israeli warplanes struck two tunnels in the early morning hours near the border town of Rafah.
The Israeli military said it launched the raid in response to mortar fire from the Palestinian territory late on Monday that wounded one soldier.
The mortar fire was in turn a response to an incident in which a Palestinian was killed and another wounded by Israeli fire when they approached the border fence with Israel on the northern edge of the Gaza Strip on Monday.
The border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel has been largely quiet since Jan. 18 ceasefires by the Islamists and the Jewish state ended a 22-day Israeli war on the Palestinian territory.
The ceasefires have largely held despite violations by both sides.
More than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the war that Israel launched on Dec. 27 in response to militant fire from Gaza.
The hundreds of tunnels that snake under the ground between Gaza and Egypt are used to bring in food, fuel and weapons into the impoverished Palestinian territory that has been under a punishing blockade for more than two years.
Aside from the Israeli raids, the people working in the tunnels face the regular danger of collapse in the hastily-dug structures, where dozens of men have died this year alone.


Updated : 2021-06-22 23:05 GMT+08:00