The Israel Air Force tracked down and killed two Palestinians believed to be terrorist operatives as they were driving in their car near the Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post's sister publication Ma'ariv Hashavua is reporting on Friday.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that the two men, Osama Hasumi and Mohammed Patzih, were involved in rocket fire at Israel in recent weeks. The IDF said that the two men were plotting a terrorist attack against Israeli civilians.

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"We have no intention of permitting any fire on Israel or any attempt to harm our citizens and IDF soldiers," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said. "We will pursue and harshly strike a blow at anyone who carries out or plans these activities, just as we did today."

"We view Hamas as responsible for what is taking place in the Gaza Strip," the defense minister said. "It should not test our patience and determination. We will continue to act responsibly and carefully in order to enable the citizens of the Gaza-area communities and the south, and all of Israel's citizens everywhere, to continue their normal routine."

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