Israel kills two Islamic Jihad activists in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on north Gaza on Monday, medics said, just hours after gunmen mounted a deadly ambush on the Egyptian border, killing an Israeli.
"Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike targeting a group of people east of Beit Hanun," said Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run emergency services.
A spokesman for the Israeli military confirmed the strike but refused to say whether it was connected to the early-morning attack along the Egyptian border.
"I can confirm there was a targeted attack a while ago against two terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip," he said.
Witnesses identified the two men as members of the radical Islamic Jihad movement and said they were riding a motorcycle near the Israeli border at the time.
They named the two as Mohamed Shabat and Ismail Odeh, saying both were in their 20s.
The Israeli military staged two raids over Gaza during the night, hitting a weapons manufacturing site in the south and another "terror activity site" in the centre of the coastal strip.
The raids came several hours after militants fired eight mortars at troops on the border.