Artillery fire kills 3 Palestinians in Gaza


April 7, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli artillery fire killed three Palestinians and injured dozens after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip hit a school bus in southern Israel, injuring two people, medical and security officials said.

Witnesses said artillery fire injured four relatives of Mahmoud Al-Manasra, 50, who was killed when shells landed near his home in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.

Two people were injured after shells struck near the former Yasser Afarat International Airport in Rafah. Another round of shelling struck Khan Younis, but there were no reports of injury in that attack.

The shelling came after militants fired an anti-tank missile which hit a bus in southern Israel, critically wounding a teenager, as well as wounding one other person who was only lightly hurt, Israeli medics said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on the bus which occurred outside kibbutz Nahal Oz, which lies directly across the border from Shejaiya.

Shortly afterwards, another 15 mortar rounds landed in southern Israel, one of which slammed into a house in a community directly opposite Deir al-Balah, an Israeli police spokesman said.

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