Israeli Raid Assassinates Another 2 In Gaza

Thursday, June 12 2003 @ 01:02 pm UTC

GAZA CITY, June 12 – Two Hamas members were killed in a fresh Israeli air raid on Gaza overnight Wednesday, June 12, as the Israeli army were ordered to “wipe out” the Islamic resistance movement.

A number of Israeli helicopter gunships flew at low altitude over Gaza, firing rockets on the vehicle carrying Rami Abu Kumeil and Mohamed Daghmash of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas\' armed branch, in Gaza\'s Zeitoun district, Palestinian sources told

But the two members jumped out of the car on time, to be then shot by two Israeli missiles, leaving them dead and another lightly injured, added the sources.

The attack came two days after Israeli helicopters fired several rockets on a car carrying key Hamas figure Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, leaving him injured and two others dead.

The armed branch of Hamas confirmed that two members died in the raid.

An Israeli security source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that \"the raid targeted a terrorist cell that was preparing to fire Qassam rockets at Israel.\"

\"This raid is not linked with the “suicide” attack perpetrated Wednesday in Jerusalem\" which killed 16 people as well as the bomber and wounded dozens of people,” the sources added.

The raid also followed an earlier incursion that rained missiles on a car in Gaza City, killing seven people, including two members of the military wing of Hamas, Palestinian sources said.

The earlier Gaza strike also left two women dead and some 20 people wounded.

Minutes after that missile attack, hundreds of Hamas supporters and other Palestinians mobbed the smoldering car wreckage and started chanting anti-Israeli slogans, vowing to give their lives for the Palestinian cause.

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