IAF aircraft killed three Palestinian terrorists and critically wounded one in the southern Gaza Strip early on Saturday, Palestinian medical officials and the IDF spokesperson said.

Gaza residents said the planes fired on a car in which the three men were traveling in the town of Khan Younis. According to Palestinian
news agency Ma'an, residents of Khan Younis reported hearing the single-missile strike.

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The IDF spokesperson said the air strike was aimed at "a terrorist squad planning to kidnap Israelis in the Sinai Peninsula and Israel" over the upcoming Passover holiday.

Ma'an cited sources as saying that the IAF targeted a white Toyota that was traveling between Khan Younis and Deir Al-Balah, completely obliterating the vehicle.

The three dead bodies were brought, badly charred, along with the critically injured man, to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital near Khan Younis, a Palestinian medical source told Ma'an.

An IAF air strike in the same area of Gaza on Wednesday killed a Palestinian terrorist on a motorcycle. Another strike earlier that day targeted a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip.

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