Palestinian security and medical sources have reported that three Palestinians were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air raid on the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun Sunday. A dozen other citizens were wounded in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told PNN that members of Palestinian armed resistance stood in front of Israeli tanks approaching the town, in an attempt to impede the progress of the incursion. The eyewitnesses further noted that the Israeli forces began firing at the town’s residents and then proceeded to bulldoze land surrounding a secondary school for girls.

Security sources said that the arrival of the tanks was followed by attacks by Israeli warplanes and Apache helicopters, which bombed several areas of the town. Three were killed in the bombing, and four others were critically wounded. In direct violation to the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israeli forces used tanks to prevent ambulances and medical crews from accessing the wounded.