Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinians

Miriam Moster

(JTA) — An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinians in Gaza whom Israel accused of involvement in terrorism.

The car the two men were riding in was struck by two missiles, according to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

The two men were identified by as Muhammad al-Fasih and Usama al-Hassumi, who were reportedly affiliated with the Al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.

Israel’s defense minister, Moshe,7340,L-4535299,00.html, said that one of the men was responsible for recent rocket attacks on Israel and was planning future attacks.

“We don’t intend to ignore any fire at Israel or any attempt to hurt our citizens and the IDF’s soldiers. We will chase after, and strike with a heavy hand, anyone who hurts or plans to hurt us, as we have done today,” Ya’alon said.

Israel’s airstrike came after an explosive was detonated near a security fence on the Gaza border earlier Friday morning. No Israelis were hurt, though six Palestinians were injured in the ensuing gunfire.