A Palestinian man missing since a March 26 confrontation with Israeli soldiers was found dead with bullet wounds in the southern Gaza Strip, medics say.
According to medical staff, the dead man was identified as Suleiman Arafat, had died earlier from the injuries he sustained in Friday clashes with Israeli soldiers who had entered the southern part of the beleaguered coastal enclave.
The al-Quds Brigade — the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement — said that Suleiman was one of the fighters who died defending Gaza against the latest Israeli incursion in the bloodiest fighting since the end of Israel’s "Operation Cast Lead" 14 months ago, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilian.
Two Palestinian fighters were killed and dozens injured in Friday’s confrontation. Two Israeli soldiers were also killed, the Islamic Jihad said.
Meanwhile, several Israeli military vehicles again crossed into southern Gaza Sunday evening and opened fire as Israeli bulldozers destroyed farmlands.
Witnesses said the forces were mainly targeting olive groves and almond fields in the Abasan al-Jadida area, east of Khan Younis.