GAZA CITY ø Israel's military has targeted senior insurgency
operatives in the Gaza Strip.
The operatives were deemed as leading figures in the Palestinian missile
strikes from the northern Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian targets. More
than a dozen people have been injured in Palestinian missile strikes on the
Israeli city of Sderot over the past two weeks.
On Thursday, Palestinian sources said an Israel Air Force AH-64A Apache
attack helicopter fired a missile toward the home of Shadi Abu Awamer in
Gaza City. Awamer, a Fatah operative, was killed and several others were
Israeli military sources refused to confirm the attack and said Awamer
was killed in an explosion in his apartment. They described Awamer as a key
organizer of the development and production of the Nasser-3 short-range
missile. The Nasser-3 has been described as an enhanced version of the
On Thursday, Palestinian gunners fired two Nasser-3 short-range
missiles toward Israel. Several Sderot residents were injured.
Earlier, an Israeli helicopter strike led to the injury of another
leading operative. Mohammed Sheik Halil was badly hurt in a missile attack
on his home in the southern town of Rafah. Military sources confirmed the
attack on Halil's home.
Halil was regarded as a leading operative in Rafah, one of the
strongholds of the Palestinian insurgency. Halil was termed a commander of
the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad. Several other insurgents were injured
in the Israeli strike.
Despite a nearly two-month campaign, Israel's military has failed to
stop the barrage of Palestinian missiles against Sderot or Israeli
communities in the Gaza Strip. Military sources said missile production was
taking place in a range of locations in Gaza City and the adjacent Jabalya