PALESTINE Two fighters found dead in bombed Gaza tunnel

Hamas military wing says it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire

June 22, 2012

Gaza City Palestinians said Thursday they had recovered the bodies of two fighters from a tunnel damaged by an Israeli air strike on Gaza, raising to 10 the death toll in the territory since Monday.

Thaer Mohammad Al Bik, 30, and Mohammad Zuhair Al Khaldi, 26, were killed by gas fumes as they carried out an inspection of the tunnel hit by Israeli fire on Tuesday, the military wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement said.

Gaza fighters continued to fire across the border into Israel on Thursday but the intensity was sharply down on the previous day, as a truce declared by Hamas’s Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades military wing appeared to be taking hold.

By mid-afternoon, nine rockets had hit southern Israel, causing no casualties, a military spokeswoman told AFP.

Another was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

There had been no Israeli raids.

In the evening, three more rockets were fired into southern Israel, without causing any casualties, a military spokesman said.

On Wednesday, police logged 58 rocket and mortar strikes during the day.

Late that evening, the Hamas military wing said it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, after three days of bloodshed in and around Gaza.


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