Israel Air Force planes struck a Palestinian rocket-launching cell about to fire rockets at southern Israel from northern Gaza on Monday evening.

The military said the air strike targeted a terrorist cell that was in the final stage of preparations before firing a rocket.

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According to Palestinian sources, one person was killed and two others were wounded in the attack, which was carried out in the Beit Hanoun area of northern Gaza. Palestinian media later identified the man killed as Masab Musa Aza’anin, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member.

The strike came after a red alert siren was sounded earlier on Monday evening in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area. No rockets were recovered following the alert and it is assumed the Palestinian projectile that caused the siren to go off likely failed to cross into Israel.

The air strike is part of the IDF’s ongoing security policy of searching Gaza for imminent threats and acting to remove them when they are identified.

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