IAF strike kills senior Jihad member

Target was reponsible for shooting attacks, bombs, would-be suicide attack.

IDF APC 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
IDF APC 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
The IAF killed a member of an Islamic Jihad Kassam cell in an air strike Friday evening. The man, identified as Fawzi Abu Mustafa, 22, was targeted while riding a motorcycle near Khan Yunis in the northern Gaza Strip. Abu Mustafa was responsible for shooting attacks against Israeli civilians as well as placing bombs. He was also reportedly behind an attempt to send a would-be suicide bomber into the Gush Etzion region, Israel Radio reported. Earlier, Givati troops shot and killed two Palestinians near the Gaza security fence Friday, Palestinian Authority security forces and Palestinian doctors said. The two were not immediately identified, and doctors estimated their ages anywhere between 10 and 13. An IDF army spokesman confirmed that soldiers shot at several Palestinians who were spotted crawling "in a suspicious manner" toward the fence near the town of Beit Lahiya. The Palestinians planted an object near the fence, possibly an explosive, and did not answer orders to stop moving toward the fence, the army said. Soldiers saw three Palestinians being hit, the army spokesman's office said. One of them was moderately wounded and was taken to Israel for treatment, the army said.