Israeli air strike kills chief of Gaza's PRC group

GAZA Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:55am EDT

GAZA Aug 18 (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed the chief of an armed Palestinian faction and four other members in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, the group said, hours after Israel blamed gunmen from the territory for deadly cross-border attacks.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a faction that often operates independently from Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, identified their dead commander as Kamal al-Nairab. An Israeli military source confirmed the air strike in Rafah town.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Dan Williams;editing by Crispian Balmer)

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