Israel Air Force Targets Rocket Squad in Gaza; Three Palestinians Wounded

IDF spokesperson says air strike in Beit Hanoun targeted a militant squad that was preparing to launch rockets into Israel; Palestinian medical officials report one critical injury.

An Israeli air strike wounded three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Israeli military and Palestinian medical officials said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the air strike targeted a militant squad that was preparing to launch rockets across the border into Israel.

The scene of an IAF airstrike in Gaza, August 2011.AP

Palestinian medical officials in Gaza said the strike in the town of Beit Hanoun wounded three men, one of them critically. The men were taken to hospital for treatment and no militant group claimed them as members.

The Israel-Gaza border has been mostly quiet since the Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence in August.