Gaza clashes claim at least 11 lives at start of Jewish Passover

Other News Materials 20 April 2008 15:02 (UTC +04:00)

Eleven Palestinian militants have been killed and 16 Israeli soldiers injured in the latest violence at the start of the Jewish Passover, according to reports Sunday. ( dpa )

The number of militants killed in an Israeli missile attack on the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday rose to six.

Earlier Saturday, three militants from the Islamist Hamas movement were killed in one of the heaviest bomb attacks on a border crossing in the Strip since Israel's withdrawal in the summer of 2005.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said 16 Israeli soldiers were injured, one seriously, in the attack on the Kerem Shalom border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for Hamas' military wing, al-Qassam Brigades, said the militants had used three booby trapped cars, detonating two in the attack.

The Israeli army said the attack was followed by a another at the southern border crossing of Kissufim. The number of Palestinians killed was not yet known.

Meanwhile two Palestinian militants were killed in more Israeli missile attacks.

The latest violence comes after Israel sealed off all Palestinian territories for about a week due to the Passover holiday, when Jews mark the exodus of Jews from Egypt.