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Airstrikes, gunfire kill Hamas commander, 4 others in Gaza

By Danielle Haynes
Airstrikes, gunfire kill Hamas commander, 4 others in Gaza
A fireball explodes during Israeli airstrikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza, on October 27. Palestinians said Sunday that Israel launched more airstrikes during a firefight along the border. Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 11 (UPI) -- At least five Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, died Sunday during an exchange of gunfire with the Israeli military and airstrikes in Gaza city, local officials said.

Hamas' military wing said Nour Baraka, a Qassam Brigades commander, died in the fighting.

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A Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said the shooting broke out "during security activity by the IDF in the Gaza area."

Palestinian sources told Haaretz the IDF also executed drone strikes in the area at the same time as the shooting. Qassam Brigades said the IDF used the cover of airstrikes to retreat back to the Israeli side of the border.

The IDF said no Israeli soldiers were kidnapped during the fighting, but offered no details about casualties to its forces.

The Times of Israel reported at least two projectiles were fired into Israel, which the IDF shot down using the Iron Dome defense system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would cut short his trip to Paris for World War I commemorations and return to Israel.

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