- Title: GAZA: MISSILE STRIKES IN GAZA CAMP AS ISRAELI TANKS MOVE IN.
- Date: 13th May 2004
- Summary: (U6) KEREM SHALOM, CHECKPOINT AREA BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GAZA (MAY 12, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. GV/CU/GV/PAN: TANK CARRIER MOVING INTO AREA; POLICEMAN CO-ORDINATING MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES; MILITARY JEEP FOLLOWING TANK (3 SHOTS) 0.35 (U6) RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP (MAY 12, 2004) (REUTERS) 2. LV: WIDE OF AREA WHERE SOLDIERS WERE KILLED 0.40 3. LV/GV: MILITARY VEHICLES, AUDIO GUNFIRE, SMOKE SCREEN EMERGING FROM UNDERNEATH TANK (2 SHOTS) 1.14 4. GV: MORE OF MILITARY VEHICLES IN AREA 1.27 (U6) GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP (MAY 12, 2004) (REUTERS) 5. TV/LV: CITY AT DUSK, AUDIO OF GUNFIRE; CAR ON FIRE IN STREET; AMBULANCE IN STREET; MORE OF CAR ON FIRE; WIDE OF CITY AT DUSK, AUDIO OF GUNFIRE (5 SHOTS) 2.06 (W6) RAFAH, GAZA (MAY 12, 2004) (REUTERS) 6. GV/LV: BUILDING WITH SMOKE BILLOWING IN BACKGROUND, EARLIER IN THE DAY; WIDE OF AREA, AUDIO OF GUNFIRE (2 SHOTS) 2.32 7. GROUND TO AIR (LV): HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD 2.42 8. GV: CROWDS RUNNING THROUGH STREETS LOOKING UPWARDS (MUTE) 2.51 9. MV: MASKED GUNMEN IN HOUSE (MUTE) 2.56 10. LV/GV: REMAINS OF BODY LYING ON GROUND AFTER ATTACK ON ISRAELI SOLDIERS (2 SHOTS) 3.10 11. GV/MV: CHILDREN CHEERING AND HOLDING WHAT THEY SAY IS PIECE OF TANK (2 SHOTS) 3.26 12. GV/PAN/MV: CROWDS IN STREET (2 SHOTS) 3.42 13. GV: STREET WITH AMBULANCE PARKED AT SIDE 3.47 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: KEREM SHALOM, CHECKPOINT AREA BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GAZA / RAFAH AND GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Reuters ID: LVA1B2SCGSFP0F0QXOKLJ5RLHXEQ
- Story Text: Missile strikes in Gaza camp as Israeli tanks move
Israeli military vehicles moved into Gaza on
Wednesday (May 12) after the second lethal attack on its
defence forces in two days.
An Israeli helicopter gunship fired a missile at a
target in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said, in
apparent retaliation for an ambush in which five Israeli
soldiers were killed.
Witnesses said the air strike targeted the Rafah
refugee camp, a stronghold of Islamic militants, not far
from where an explosion destroyed an Israeli armoured
vehicle hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of
casualties in the missile attack.
Palestinian militants blew up an armoured vehicle
killing five Israeli soldiers earlier in the day (May 12),
witnesses said, in the second day of lethal ambushes
against the Middle East's strongest army.
The al-Arabiya satellite television station reported
six Israeli soldiers were killed in Rafah, a militant
hotbed. The Israeli army confirmed one of its armoured
vehicles was hit by an explosion and reported casualties,
The ambush occurred as Israeli forces were blasting
their way into buildings in Gaza City in the north of the
territory in a search for the body parts of six comrades
blown up when their armoured vehicle ran over a mine laid
by militants on Tuesday.
The new spiral of deadly violence in Gaza since Tuesday
intensified Israeli debate over Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's vow to pursue a landmark plan to remove settlers
from the territory despite its rejection by rightists in
his own party.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the Rafah
ambush, another severe blow to the Israeli military in
occupied territory just 24 hours after it suffered its
deadliest ambush in 18 months.
An Islamic Jihad statement said it had destroyed the
vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade and that its strike
avenged Israel's killings of some of its leaders as well as
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of the biggest militant
Local news reports said variously that the blast had
targeted an armoured bulldozer or a troop carrier in the
area, the scene of many battles between Israeli troops and
militants waging a 3 1/2-year-old uprising.
The Israeli army routinely withholds information on
such attacks for hours because of censorship rules.
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