Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Militant dies in Israel air strike

A Palestinian militant preparing to attack Israel has been killed in an air strike (AP)

An Israeli air strike has killed a Palestinian militant preparing to launch rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the military said.

The Palestinian was named as Muaman Abu-Daf, 21, by Gaza officials. One other Palestinian was injured.

The Israeli military said Abu-Daf was a senior operative in a small cell which supports global jihad. The group was responsible for laying explosives near the Gaza-Israel border and helping plan an attempted attack on the Israel-Egypt border this week, according to the military.

The targeted group also recently fired rockets at Israel, they said.

The killed militant's family said he had been a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, affiliated with the Fatah party of West Bank-based Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Abu-Daf's body was displayed at a Gaza City mosque for Friday prayers, wrapped in a yellow Fatah flag.

Earlier this week, Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza, targeting militants it said were involved in the attempted attack on the Israel-Egypt border.

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