Gaza, 3 Muharram 1433/17 November 2012 (MINA) – Al Qassam Brigade  spokesperson issued an official statement that Hamas fighters have shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter plane  in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Friday (16/11).

     Al-Qassam shot down israeli fighter plane using Ardju rocket, Al-Qassam said on its press release sent to  local radios. MINA corespondent in Gaza reported that he heard shouts of Takbir “Allahu Akbar” echoed across Gaza on the success of fighters shoot down Israeli F-16.

   “Residents of Gaza are very pleased on this success,” the source told  MINA. According to the local media, Israel has confirmed the crash, but there were no reports whether the pilot has survived or died.

According to Hamas sources, the Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down on Friday. Meanwhile, several Israelis were injured after three rockets fired from Gaza hit the Zionist settlement of Gush Etzion in al-Quds (Jerusalem). 

Palestinian missiles and rockets have also hit the other Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Eshkol, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be’er Sheva. 

In Tel Aviv, a rocket hit a commercial district while a second rocket landed 200 meters away from the American Embassy. It is the first time that Tel Aviv has come under attack in decades. Three Israeli soldiers have been injured in a rocket attack in Eshkol.

Palestinians have fired over 550 rockets and missiles into Israel since Wednesday after Tel Aviv launched a major military strike against the besieged Palestinian territory, killing scores of people, including women and children. 


The Israeli Army says it has hit more than 600 targets in Gaza during the past three days.


  According to Israeli sources, the Iron Dome missile shield has only intercepted one-fifth of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, residents of the besieged Gaza Strip say they are getting text messages warning of military escalation as reports suggest that Israeli military forces are preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza.     

MINA corespondent in Gaza reported, Fajr 5 rockets from Gaza also hit the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. But there were no definite news about the victims from the military attack by Hamas (R-009/R006)

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