Is­rael kills Is­lamist

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GAZA/ JERUSALEM: Is­rael killed a fac­tion leader in the Gaza Strip yes­ter­day, ac­cus­ing him of in­volve­ment in fir­ing rock­ets and a planned at­tack on the Jewish state from the neigh­bour­ing Egyp­tian Sinai.

The deadly air strike was Is­rael’s sec­ond against a Salafi Is­lamist mil­i­tant this week.

Mil­i­tants iden­ti­fied him as Mo­men Abu Daf, chief of the Army of Is­lam, among a loose net­work of Pales­tinian groups which pro­fess al­le­giance to al-qaeda and have been re­in­forced by vol­un­teers who slip in from the Sinai.

Gaza’s Is­lamist Ha­mas rulers, who have some­times reined in more rad­i­cal groups, are seek­ing an ac­com­mo­da­tion with sec­u­lar Pales­tinian ri­vals and with an Egypt strug­gling for or­der af­ter the fall of Us-al­lied Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak in Fe­bru­ary.

Abu Daf died when a mis­sile hit Gaza City’s Zeitoun district, the Ha­mas ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Health Min­istry said. Five other Pales­tini­ans were wounded and one of them needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said its air­craft “tar­geted a ter­ror­ist squad that was iden­ti­fied mo­ments be­fore fir­ing rock­ets at Is­rael from the north­ern Gaza Strip”. – Reuters

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