Saturday, November 17, 2012
The "Al-Qassam Brigades," a division of Hamas, claims to have shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet over the Gaza Strip yesterday (Friday). According to some reports, Hamas captured the two pilots.
Israel denies that an F-16 was shot down saying, "It's not true".
The Al-Qassam Brigades made their claims following reports that another leader of Hamas, Ahmad Abu Jalal, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike yesterday. On Wednesday, Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas, was killed in an IDF airstrike.
These reports come as Hesham Kandil, the Egyptian Prime Minister, took a brief two hour tour of the Gaza Strip which failed to stop any fighting between Hamas and IDF. "The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims. Palestinians are heroes," said Kandil while visiting Shifa Hospital. He also stated that Egypt stands loyal to the Palestinians.
== Related news ==
"Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza Strip, kills Hamas commander" — Wikinews, November 14, 2012
== Sources ==
Edmund Sanders. "Egyptian prime minister's Gaza visit fails to bring lull in violence" — Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2012
"أنباء عن أسر طيارين إسرائيليين على أيدي مقاتلي "القسام" — RT News Arabic, November 16, 2012 (Arabic)
"أنباء عن أسر حماس لطيارين إسرائيليين" — Sky News Arabia, November 16, 2012 (Arabic)
"Two Israeli prisoners of war captured" — Al Akhbar (Lebanon), November 16, 2012
"Hamas commander Ahmad Abu Jalal killed in Israel’s Gaza attack" — Press TV, November 16, 2012
"Israel denies Hamas shot down plane" — Ma'an News Agency, November 16, 2012
"Palestinians shoot down Israeli F-16 fighter jet in Gaza: Hamas" — Press TV, November 16, 2012
== External links ==
 Google translation of Sky News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012
 Google translation of RT News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012