The Israeli Navy opened fire on an armed squad of five Palestinians wearing diving suits and supposedly on their way to attack Israeli targets, the IDF said June 7. An army source told the daily Haaretz that at about 4:30 AM, naval commandos identified and fired on a boat carrying five armed Palestinians heading north from waters off the Nuseirath refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Sources in Gaza reported that four Palestinians were killed. Hamas later confirmed the deaths and said a fifth Palestinian was missing—although conflicting reports from Gaza claimed at least two of the five-member squad survived. Other Palestinian sources told Haaretz that the militants were members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. (Haaretz, June 7)
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