Top Fighter Killed, Gaza Militant Group Says

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (November 19, 2012)—The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike Monday on a Gaza media center killed one of its top militant leaders.

Monday's strike in downtown Gaza City was part of a widening six-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire.

It was the second strike on the building in two days.

The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor.

Islamic Jihad sent a text message to reporters saying that Ramez Harb was killed in the strike Monday.

Harb is a leading figure in the group’s militant wing, the Al Quds Brigades.

Israeli aircraft have struck several crowded areas in the Gaza Strip, driving up the Palestinian death toll to nearly 100 and devastating several homes belonging to one clan as Israel broadened its targets in the six-day-old offensive.

Hamas fighters also have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel in the current round of fighting, including 75 on Monday, one that hit an empty school.

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