Israel kills six Palestinians, including Hamas commander, in Gaza raid

Elias Hubbard
November 12, 2018

Elite Israeli occupation soldiers crossed the border into Gaza on Sunday in a civilian auto in a special operation to assassinate Hamas commander prompting an exchange of fire between Zionist soldiers and the Palestinian resistance.

Among the dead were Hamas commanders Nour Baraka and Mohammad Al-Qarra, medical officials said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to cut short his visit to Paris for events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and return on Sunday evening, his office said in a statement.

Witnesses said that during the chase Israeli aircraft fired over 40 missiles in the area where the incident took place, killing four other people.

Israeli Website Walla admitted that a Zionist soldier was killed and another was seriously injured after clashes between the Palestinian resistance and an Israeli occupation force east of Khan Younis.

Netanyahu said earlier on Sunday that there is "No political solution exists for Gaza, just as there isn't one with ISIL" and that he is doing everything he can to avoid "unnecessary war". On Friday, Palestinian civil servants began receiving money tranches after months of sporadic salary instalments into the Palestinian enclave through Israel, reportedly in suitcases.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said seven people, including at least five militants, were killed and seven others were wounded.

The clash comes after months of protests and bloodshed along the Gaza-Israel separation fence had appeared to be calming.

It was not immediately clear what sparked Sunday's fighting.

"Without exception, every step has a price", the Israeli prime minister remarked before stressing: "When you take steps of leadership, if you can not bear the price, you cannot lead".

Since March 30, thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have gathered at weekly protests along the Israeli border to demand a lifting of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

"And I can handle the price". He said the step was coordinated with security officials to restore quiet for Israeli citizens living near the Gaza border and to avert a humanitarian crisis.

Lieberman said he had opposed "transferring the money to Hamas".

"Israel's security cabinet met in a late-night session convened by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the IDF 'Kirya" headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Hamas accused Israel of sabotaging an emerging ceasefire agreement that was brokered by Egypt and supported by Qatar. He also accused Hamas of undermining his goal of establishing an independent Palestinian state that includes all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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