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Monday, October 20, 2003

Palestinians crowd around a car after it was hit by Israeli helicopters at Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza, October 20, 2003. Israel killed six Palestinians and wounded about 40 others in a helicopter gunship attack at a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip late on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Thank G-d for the Israeli press; if we had only Reuters, we would be forced to think that Israel had no reason to attack this refugee camp. JPost explains:
. . . eight were killed and scores wounded when IAF helicopters fired rockets at a vehicle travelling in the Nussreta refugee camp in the central gaza strip.

Security officials said IDF forces spotted a terrorist cell attempting to infiltrate Israel west of Kibbut Nachal Oz. The soldiers opened fire and shot and killed a number of the infiltrators and spotted others attempting to flee in a vehicle back into Gaza.

The soldiers alerted a helicopter team in the area, which pursued the car and fired rockets, hitting it. The officials were unable to confirm the identities or affiliations of the Palestinians killed despite reports claiming that among the dead is senior Hamas commander Imad Akel.

UPDATE:DEBKA adds this important information:
Israeli sources report two armed Palestinians killed in attempt to plant suicide bomber over border fence near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Their companions retreated to Nuseyrat camp in car which took missiles from Israeli helicopters. Car was mobbed when it blew up accounting for high casualty Palestinian figure.