Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Israeli air strike kills militants

Palestinians inspect a damaged building following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip (AP)

An Israeli air strike has killed two Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip after a string of rocket attacks towards Israel.

Palestinian officials said the dead were members of the Islamic Jihad militant group.

The Israeli military confirmed it carried out the attack, saying the two were targeted after they fired mortar shells towards an Israeli border crossing.

The military said more than 15 rockets and mortar shells were fired towards Israel and that the Erez Crossing was severely damaged.

Despite announcing a ceasefire earlier in the week, Palestinian militants have continued to fire rockets daily into Israel.

Rockets wounded an Israeli baby on Wednesday and Israel retaliated with air strikes that killed four Gaza fighters. The Palestinians found four bodies in a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.

The violence began last week when gunmen, apparently from Gaza, crossed the border from Egypt and ambushed cars and buses in southern Israel, killing eight people. That was followed by massive Palestinian rocket attacks and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.

Israel's military said it will "not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians".

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