Israeli TV broadcasts footage of Hamas men executing rebels
IDF soldier lightly wounded as mortar shells hit Israel in wake of cross-border shooting incident.
Channel 10 and Channel 2 TV on Monday broadcast video that appeared to show Hamas forces killing Gaza rebels believed to be part of an extremist group during an armed confrontation earlier this month.
The video of the Aug. 15 clash shows what appears to be black-clad Hamas militants firing at rebels pinned in a mosque courtyard and mowing them own during a fierce exchange of fire. In two scenes, Hamas militants appeared to be executing captives by gunfire at close range.
At least 24 people were killed in the daylong standoff in Rafah on the Gaza-Egypt border. Hamas forces surrounded a stronghold of Jund Ansar Allah, an extremist group that claims inspiration from al-Qaida and charges that the militant Islamic Hamas is too liberal.
In the video, bodies are seen falling to the ground during the gunfire. In one scene, a group of Jund Ansar Allah captives stands motionless against a wall a few meters away.
The stations said the blurred, jumpy video was taken by cell phone from across the street. Channel 2 said Hamas rival Fatah distributed the video.
Channel 10 also broadcast a recording of what it said was the Hamas military communication channel, ordering Hamas forces to execute everyone.
There was no immediate comment from Hamas officials.
3 Palestinians, IDF soldier wounded in cross-border fire
Earlier on Monday, Gaza militants fired two mortar shells at the Western Negev. They landed near an Israel Defense Forces base.
One soldier was lightly wounded and received medical treatment on site.
The mortar fire came after Israel Defense Forces patrol opened fire on Palestinian militants who were spotted approaching the border fence of the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian sources say three people were wounded. Health Ministry official Moaiya Hassanain said two wounded men were brought to hospitals, and the military said another was taken to Israel for treatment.
Border incidents between Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel have been relatively infrequent in recent weeks.