Two Palestinians killed in double Israeli airstrike in Gaza
Two Palestinian militants were killed and at least four injured Sunday in two Israeli airstrikes, on a rigsaw scooter and on a motorcycle, in the Gaza Strip, medical officials said, dpa reported.
On Saturday, two other militants were killed in a previous Israeli targeting of a motorcycle, that time in northern Gaza.
The four militants killed in the three airstrikes over the weekend were all members of a Gaza Global Jihad Salafi faction , the Shura Council of the Mujahideen.
One was killed near Deir al-Ballah in central Gaza Sunday afternoon and another at dawn Sunday outside Khan Younis, in southern Gaza near the border with Israel.
On Saturday, an Israeli aircraft fired at a motorcycle travelling in the town of Jabalya, north of Gaza City. Two people were fatally injured. A 5-year-old child was also injured in the strike, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.
One of those two killed was a senior leader and founder of the local 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.
The Israeli military said that the targets of Sunday's airstrikes were on their way to or from firing rockets at Israel.