Israeli airstrike kills militant leader in Gaza

Gaza City - An Israeli airstrike has killed a militant leader in the Gaza Strip, just hours ahead of an expected seven-hour truce announced by Israel.

The Islamic Jihad group - a close ally of Gaza's Hamas rulers - says that Daniel Mansour, its commander in the northern part of the strip, died when the strike hit his home just before dawn on Monday.

Israel has been drawing down its ground operation since the weekend but has kept up its aerial, offshore and artillery bombardments of the strip.

The cease-fire, which was to start at 10:00 on Monday, does not apply to the entire territory.

The Gaza war, now in its fourth week, has left more than 1 800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

- AP
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forest gump 2014-08-04 08:36:03 AM
"War, huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh War huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again y'all War, huh good God What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, listen to me Oh, war, I despise 'Cause it means destruction of innocent lives War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes When their sons go off to fight and lose their lives"
ANTI 2014-08-04 08:42:42 AM
IDF you beauty! Great way to start the morning :)
Nobby Poltice 2014-08-04 08:46:13 AM
I am tired of Israel and tired of Palestine. Let them both stew in the misery of their own making.
Binte Maya 2014-08-04 08:46:53 AM
Disgrace to human kind...!! What ceasefire... pulling out of gaza...? REALLY.. But still attacking the innocent!? Mayb they just running away...because many of their soilders being killed!!
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-04 08:53:35 AM
They enjoy this murder,both sides
Binte Maya 2014-08-04 08:59:20 AM
Yes glen.. spot on!
Binte Maya 2014-08-04 09:00:34 AM
Yes david unfortunately the arguing always continues... ppl are more confused than ever
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-08-04 09:26:05 AM
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. He and the other 1800+ died as martyrs
Louise-Roger Higham 2014-08-04 09:27:13 AM
Live by the gun die by the gun. Must we now have sympathy N0 definately NOT
Graham Fobian 2014-08-04 09:43:24 AM
Nigeria, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Gaza etc etc what do they all have in common? conflict! and what's the common denominator in this conflict? Muslim extremists! Enough said. I'm sure I'm right but no major religion condones any form of killing? So how can you believe strapping a bomb to yourself and killing innocent people/civilians gets you to heaven sorry my friends you going straight to hell