A member of the Qassam Brigades
, military wing of Hamas was killed in the early hours of Friday morning when one of the resistance tunnels collapsed east of Gaza City.
Al Qassam Brigades
, Hamas' armed wing, says it captured an Israeli soldier by the name Shaul Aron late on Sunday, but Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UN, dismissed the claim, saying that "those rumours were untrue".
Last month, one Qassam Brigades
member was killed and six were injured after an explosion went off during a "training session in bomb-making" near Rafah, near the Egyptian border.
The Qassam Brigades
says it dug the tunnel as part of a plan to capture Israeli soldiers and hold them in exchange for imprisoned Palestinians.
In response to the injury of civilians in the most recent strike on Rafah, the Qassam Brigades
and the al-Quds Brigades fired a number of rockets at enemy military positions," Hamas s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades
armed wing said in a statement.
Palestinian sources said that Israeli helicopters fired four missiles at Al Qassam Brigades
, the military wing of the Hamas movement, in al-Tuffah district.
Hamas's armed wing, the Izz Al Deen Al Qassam Brigades
, said a total of four vehicles packed with explosives attacked Kerem Shalom and three exploded.
This fabricated tale that aims to distort the honourable and holy struggle of the Qassam Brigades
will not in any way affect the comprehensive revenge plan that the leaders of the Qassam Brigades
have formed for vengeance from the Zionist enemy.
The three included at least one of the men most wanted by Israel, Abdel Fatah Satari, the deputy commander of the Qassam Brigades
The court ruled to ban the (Hamas) Qassam Brigades
and to list it as a terrorist group," said Judge Mohamed al-Sayid of the special Cairo court which deals with urgent cases.
It is the first time the Qassam brigades
announces the death of any of its leaders since Israel stepped up a military operation on Gaza on July 8.
Palestinian sources said that Israeli planes struck the Badir site of the Izzidin Al Qassam Brigades
in southern Gaza.