Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Tuesday at
night that four residents in two separate Israeli air strikes in Rafah
city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Israeli army sources
claimed that the attacks carried resistance fighters.
Dr. Moawiya Hassanen, head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reported that two Palestinians were killed and at least three were injured after the Israeli air force fired missiles at a Palestinian vehicle driving in Al Jneina neighborhood in Rafah, the two killed residents were in the vehicle, the Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported.
Dr. Hassanen added that the bodies of the two residents were severely mutilated and completely burnt as a result of the blast.
Also on Tuesday at night, one resident was killed after the Israeli air force fired at least one missile at his vehicle driving in the same area in Rafah, another resident died of his wounds later on.
Dozens of residents were injured, at least one seriously, since the two attacks took place in a crowded area.
Hours after the two attacks, the four residents killed in the two attacks were identified as Ahmad Ashour, 30, who was killed in the first strike, and 'Aayed Al Basheety and Ali Khamis Al Nashar, 20. Ahmad Al Arqan, died of his wounds at the Gaza-European Hospital in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli military spokesperson said during a phone interview with Ramattan News Agency that the attacks targeted members of the armed wing of Hamas.
“The members were on their way to carry attacks against Israeli targets”, the spokesperson claimed.
The spokesperson claimed that there was a secondary explosion in one of the attacked cars “which indicates that there were explosives in it”, he added.