Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike in Gaza
A Palestinian was killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, hours after two people were killed in a similar strike in the enclave, dpa reported.
One person was injured in the dawn airstrike in southern Gaza near Khan Younis, local media reported. The Israeli military confirmed the strike in a statement, saying the targets were militants who had been preparing to fire rockets at Israel.
On Saturday, an Israeli aircraft fired at a motorcycle travelling in the town of Jabalya, north of Gaza City. Two people were fatally wounded. A 5-year-old child was injured in the strike, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.
One of the two people killed was reportedly a leader of an Islamic Salafai militant group, the Shura Council of the Mujahideen.
The Israeli military said he had been planning a "complex attack" to be carried out along Israel-Egypt border, a collaboration between Gaza and Sinai-based militants.
The airstrikes come after days of increased tit-for-tat violence, with Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel and the Israeli military launching airstrikes.