Two Palestinians killed in Israeli strike

An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians and injured three others in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday, medical officials said.

    Israel said the car was carrying fighters planning an attack

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the strike was aimed at a vehicle used by fighters it accused of planning an attack against Israel.

    But witnesses said that the missile struck a group of pedestrians.

    The dead men were thought to be members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to Fatah.

    Two bystanders were seriously injured and a 6 year-old boy received leg wounds during the strike.

    Israel launched an offensive in Gaza in June to try to recover a captured soldier and to stop cross-border rocket fire. Over 220 Palestinians have been killed in the offensive.

    Two makeshift rockets were fired at Israel on Saturday. One landed in the garden of a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, lightly wounding one person. The Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the rockets.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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