'IDF bombing in Gaza kills 2 attempting to launch rocket'

Security source says airstrike prevented gunmen from firing rocket into Israel; Palestinians report men were from al-Qaida affiliated group.

By REUTERS
July 5, 2011 17:53
An IAF fighter jet [illustrative photo]

IDF IAF fighter jet airstrike air strike 311 (R). (photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)

 
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Israeli forces fired into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to kill two gunmen from an al-Qaida-affiliated Palestinian faction who approached the boundary fence, Palestinian medical officials said. An Israeli security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen were suspected of preparing to fire a rocket across the border into Israel.

The two dead and a comrade wounded in the shelling belonged to the Tawheed and Jihad group, radical Islamists who have challenged Hamas rule over the Palestinian enclave, sources said.

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