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Israeli navy kills four Palestinians off Gaza coast

Harriet Sherwood and Adam Gabbatt
London Guardian [1]
June 7, 2010

At least four Palestinians were killed when Israeli navy commandos opened fire on what they said was a squad of militants in diving suits off the coast of Gaza today.

The Palestinians “were on their way to carry out an attack in Israel”, a military spokesman said.

The spokesman declined to give any further details about how the military had identified the men or what they had been doing in the sea.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militant offshoot of Fatah, said the men killed were members of its marine unit and had been training. One Palestinian was missing, and there were no Israeli casualties.

The attack follows a week in which the Israeli navy has faced international criticism for its assault on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship in a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, in which nine activists were killed.

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