Bodies of two Gazans found after Israeli raid

Bodies of two Gazans found after Israeli raid

GAZA - Agence France-Presse
Bodies of two Gazans found after Israeli raid

Palestinians mourn at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike October 31, 2011. REUTERS photo

The bodies of two Palestinian militants killed overnight in an Israeli raid on Gaza were found at dawn on Monday near Khan Yunis, local medics said. The two belonged to a tiny faction known as the Al-Ansar Brigades, which is understood to be close to Gaza's ruling Hamas movement.

In a statement sent to AFP, the group said it was in favour of a truce agreement on rocket fire which went into effect early on Sunday but said "it won't prevent us from responding to (Israeli) attacks." The discovery of the two bodies raised to 13 the total number of people killed in 36 hours of deadly clashes in and around Gaza, including 12 militants and one Israeli.

The Israeli military confirmed the overnight attack, saying it had targeted "a terrorist squad that fired a Qassam rocket at Israel" at around midnight.

Rocket fire on southern Israel came to a halt on Sunday after the truce went into effect but overnight five projectiles hit southern Israel, police said, indicating they landed in open areas and did not cause damage or injuries.

The overnight strike was the second Israeli raid since the truce began, with a first one killing a militant on Sunday afternoon.

But there was no immediate indication that militant groups would end their ceasefire, although they have warned they would respond to any Israeli attacks.