Israeli tank shelling kills Hamas militant in eastern Gaza
An Islamic Hamas militant was killed and
two others wounded Saturday night by Israeli tanks firing at the Sheja'eya
neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City, medics and Hamas said.
The Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that one of its militants was killed and two others wounded by tank shells near the border between eastern Gaza City and Israel.
Medics at Shiffa Hospital said that Bilal al-Sharabasi was died and one of the two injured had serious shrapnel wounds.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had earlier threatened a large-scale military operation against Gaza militants, mainly the Hamas movement.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the movement is taking the Israeli threats seriously.
"The only choice then will be resistance against an Israeli attack," he said.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since June 2007, when the militant group expelled Palestinian Authority forces under President Mahmoud Abbas from the rival Fatah party, dpa reported.