Israel kills Islamist
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