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Four Palestinians killed in IAF Gaza bombings
By YAAKOV KATZ
18/06/2012
Airstrikes target Islamic Jihad operatives; IDF maintains high alert along Gaza border in expectation of terrorist retaliation.
 
The Israel Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a series of airstrikes against what the military said were Islamic Jihad operatives engaged in anti-Israel terror activity.

The first airstrike occurred in the early afternoon just hours after the attack from the Sinai which killed an Israeli construction worker. IDF sources said that the strikes were not connected to the attack.

In the first strike, an IAF aircraft targeted a motorbike, killing two Islamic Jihad men who were part of a terror cell responsible for recent shooting attacks along the border.

In late May, an IDF officer and soldier were shot and wounded by a sniper and last week, shots were fired at an Israeli farmer working in his field near the border.

The Palestinian Ma’an News Agency identified the men as Muhammad Shabat and Ismael Abu Ouda in their 20s. It said that both were members of Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades and were on their way to perpetrate an attack against Israel.

The second airstrike took place in the evening when aircraft bombed a group of Palestinians, who the military said were preparing to launch a rocket into Israel in the northern Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians, both believe to be Islamic Jihad operatives, were killed.

Following the airstrikes, the IDF continued to maintain a high alert along the border with Gaza in expectation that Islamic Jihad will try to retaliate to the killing of four of its operatives.
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