Israel early Saturday morning killed the third top Hamas leader in Gaza since the start of its military offensive in the Strip a week ago.
Abu Zakaria al-Jamal, a commander of the Hamas armed wing, died of wounds sustained in an air strike overnight.
On Saturday morning, Israel Radio quoted a spokesman for the Hamas military wing as saying it had repelled an attempt by Israel Defense Forces soldiers to infiltrate the Shajaiyeh section of Gaza City.
Palestinian man shouts at the scene of an Israeli air strike on the home of senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan in Gaza, January 1, 2009.(Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
According to Israel Radio, Hamas said that its militants detected the soldiers and fired six mortar shells. Hamas said the soldiers reportedly opened fire and then returned to Israeli territory.
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By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters
GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed a senior commander of Hamas‘s armed wing on Saturday while the Islamist group’s leader warned the Israeli army, currently massing on the border, would be defeated if it invaded .
A week afterlaunched devastating air strikes against the Palestinian enclave with the declared aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks on its southern towns, an end to hostilities remains elusive despite international diplomatic efforts.
The overnight air strike in Gaza killed Abu Zakaria al-Jamal, a senior leader of Hamas’s armed wing, the Islamist group said. Thesaid only that it carried out a series of air attacks throughout the night.
On Thursday, an Israeli air strike killed another…