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Israel has killed a top leader of the Hamas militant group and another gunman in an air strike on their car in Gaza
Israel has killed a top leader of the Hamas militant group and another gunman in an air strike on their car in Gaza, days before a key parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout plan. Medics and witnesses say a missile from an Israeli drone hit the vehicle and killed Adnan al-Ghoul, a senior Hamas leader and master bomb-maker who has been on Israel's most wanted list for more than a decade. The Israeli Army had no immediate comment on the attack, which also killed Ghoul's aide, a Hamas gunman. Israel has often targeted militants in air strikes during four years of violence. Palestinian sources say Ghoul was Hamas's top engineer who manufactured explosive devices and weapons that were used in dozens of attacks against Israelis. The sources said he was known as "the father of the Qassam rocket", referring to the type of rocket Gaza militants have frequently fired into Israel during the past few months. Two Israeli toddlers were killed in such a rocket strike last month. Ghoul had survived two previous Israeli assassination attempts in the past two years, one of which killed his son, also a Hamas militant, informs Reuters. According to VOA News, a spokesman for Palestinian militant organization Hamas says its second-ranked military leader was killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike on a car in the northern Gaza Strip Hamas says Adnan al-Ghoul was one of two people killed in the airstrike in Gaza City. Two other people were wounded. Hamas's military wing, Izzidine al Qassam, plans and carries out attacks on Israelis. Thursday's strike comes just days before Israel's parliament votes on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's controversial plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip by 2006. A draft report published Thursday in Israel's Haaretz newspapers revealed that the government spent millions of dollars establishing unauthorized Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The report also says the Israeli military has provided assistance to the air strike. He had been a close collaborator of Yehya Ayash, known as "The Engineer, who was killed in Gaza in 1996 when his portable telephone exploded in a killing attributed to Israel's internal security service, Shin Beth. Ghoul and Abbas were also suspected of being behind the firing of homemade rockets on Israeli territory, which led to a massive 17-day Israeli campaign earlier this month to stamp out the attacks that left 130 Palestinians, most of them militants, dead. Another of the so-called Qassam rockets was fired from northern Gaza late Thursday, the army said, but struck in an open field near the southern Israeli city of Sderot and caused no damage or casualties, reports Channelnewsasia.
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