Three suspected militants killed in Gaza aerial attack
Three suspected Islamic Jihad militants were killed Monday and a fourth wounded in an Israeli aerial attack that targeted them in an area east of the central Gaza Strip, witnesses and medical sources said.
The witnesses said that a group of four militants, members of al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad movement's armed wing, were hit by an Israeli air-to-ground missile east of the central Gaza Strip refugee camp of al-Bureij, DPA reported.
The group was hit right after they fired a homemade projectile from the area at southern Israel, witnesses said. Ambulances had immediately arrived at the scene and took the four to the hospital.
Medical sources at al-Aqsa Hospital in the central Gaza town of Deir el-Ballah said that three were killed and one was moderately injured by fragments from the Israeli missile.
No immediate response was available from the Israeli army spokesman. However, the witnesses said that the rocket the militants fired had exploded shortly before it was launched and caused a heavy explosion in the area.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed earlier this week that Israel would respond to every single rocket Gaza militants fire from the coastal salient at southern Israeli communities and towns.
In December 2008, Israel carried out the Cast Lead large-scale military offensive on the Gaza Strip, which lasted for three weeks. It left 1,400 Palestinians and 11 Israelis killed.
In recent weeks, particularly after the resumption of the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza militant groups have escalated their homemade rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel.