Hamas: Israeli airstrike killed 2 border troops

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 4:17 AM
Hamas: Israeli airstrike killed 2 border troops

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers say an Israeli airstrike on a vehicle in the southern Gaza Strip has killed two security personnel.

Israel claimed Thursday that it had targeted two militants — one suspected of planning an attack on Israeli civilians and another accused of selling weapons. The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled.

Gaza's Interior Ministry later said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press that the two killed were members of its border security unit operating along the Gaza-Egypt boundary, which abounds in smuggling tunnels. The ministry says a third man wounded in the late Wednesday airstrike belongs to the same unit.

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The ministry says that "targeting on-duty security personnel is evidence that the occupation does not want the state of stability in the Gaza Strip to continue."