Five Palestinians were killed and four wounded in three IDF strikes near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early Saturday morning, Palestinians claimed.
In the first airstrike a 16-year-old girl, Kifah Natour, and her brother, Amar, 15, were killed said Dr. Ali Musa, the director of the local hospital. Their mother, Huda, 50, later died of her wounds. Four other people, including their 13-year-old brother, were seriously wounded when the missile hit.
A 19-year-old Islamic Jihad operative and a 21-year-old Hamas gunman were killed in two other airstrikes in the area, their groups said.
The IDF said it had identified three groups of Palestinians carrying anti-tank missiles, approaching Israeli ground forces in the neighborhood of Dahaniya, and hit them from the air, identifying a positive hit each time.
The army added that it did not know of a family being struck.
Early Saturday, tanks moved into positions on the eastern side of Rafah, took over an abandoned Palestinian security training camp and sealed off roads leading in and out of the town from that side, Palestinian security officials said. A day earlier Israeli troops conducted house-to-house searches in the area.