A total Five Palestinian men were reported killed on Friday by Israeli jetfighters conducted a number of attacks targeting the Gaza Strip. Sources in Gaza say Israeli tanks are still shelling parts of Gaza city.
The latest air raid was on Friday night targeting eastern Gaza Strip left Hazim Quraqee dead. Quraqee is a fighter with the Islamic jihad as well.
The attacks started on Friday afternoon as Israeli jetfighters targeted a Palestinian car east of Gaza City. The attack left Mohamed Hanni and Zuhier Al Qayissi dead. Al Qayissi is the general secretary of the Popular Resistance Committees based in Gaza.
Later on Friday evening, Aobed al Ghribawi and Mohamed Harrara were killed during Israeli bombing targeting the eastern part of the Gaza Strip. Both are fighters with the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza.
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Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, twelve Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, local sources reported.Soldiers invaded several cities, towns, villages and refugee camps in different parts of the West Bank, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped the twelve residents.
Soldiers also forced the residents out of their homes, and interrogated several youths.
The latest invasions were mainly conducted in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Qalqilia, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.
On Tuesday, soldiers invaded several areas in the occupied West Bank and kidnapped sixteen Palestinians, including four teenagers.
On Monday, Amjad An-Najjar, head of the Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner
Society (PPS), reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped more than 200 residents in the Hebron district, in January and February of this year.
By Al Arabiya with Agencies
The Israeli military will on Monday deploy a battery of rocket interceptors from its “Iron Dome” system in the Tel Aviv region, a military spokesman said on Sunday, as Iran began land military exercise to upgrade its capabilities to defend the country against possible external threats.
“Iron Dome is being incorporated into the heart of the Israeli military. As part of this process, the system is deployed in different sites and will be in the Gush Dan region (of Tel Aviv) in the coming days,” he said in a statement that clarified the deployment would begin on Monday.
This deployment “is part of the annual training plan for this system,” he added, according to AFP.
The decision to deploy an Iron Dome battery at Tel Aviv comes amid heightened regional tensions and speculation about a possible Israeli attack targeting Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, meanwhile, said it has begun a two-day land military exercise to upgrade its capabilities to defend the country against possible external threats, according to The Associated Press.
Commander of the Guard’s ground forces Mohammad Pakpour said on comments posted on the force’s website sepahnews.com that the maneuvers dubbed Valfajr, or Dawn, began Sunday outside the city of Yazd in central Iran.
The Guard is Iran’s most powerful military unit.
The exercises are the latest in a series of maneuvers held amid escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Iran’s nuclear program.
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