Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinians


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

Two missiles struck the car in which the two men were riding, according to the Palestinian news agency Maan.

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

Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, said 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,” Yaalon said. “We will chase after, and strike with a heavy hand, anyone who hurts or plans to hurt us, as we have done today.”

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

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