Palestinian sources reported that two fighters of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were killed late on Wednesday at night, and three others were injured after being targeted by Israeli shells east of Al Shujaeyya neighborhood in Gaza City. The attack took place shortly before midnight and targeted Mohammad Harara, and Ahmad Al Malahi. The bodies of the two fighters were severely mutilated, medical sources reported.

Four Palestinians, including one fighter, were killed and fourteen residents were wounded during an early morning Israeli military attack that targeted Jabalia town, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and Khan Younis in the southern part, the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported on its website.

 Among those three killed were Ibraheem Salaha, 19, who was hit with a tanks shell and Khader Salamah, 17, who was playing on his bicycle when Israeli soldiers shot him, witnesses stated. Palestinian security sources said that several Israeli tanks and armored vehicles swept earlier in the day into the vicinity of the eastern cemetery of Jabalaya, just close to the Israel-Gaza border lines. Earlier on Wednesday morning one fighter of the Al Qassam brigades of Hamas was killed and three others injured during an Israeli air raid targeting a group of Palestinian fighter who were clashing with the invading troops in Khan Younis town in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Al Qassam Brigades identified the fighter as Bassam Ashour, 19.

The Brigades added that the army also shelled farmlands near the American school in northern Gaza, no injuries were reported.

During his Wednesday evening with the Us President, Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, said that his army will strike Gaza is the firing of homemade shells does not cease.

He added that “he hopes that Israel will not have not carry a large-scaled offensive using military means that has never been used before”.