Gaza strike - AP - 8.12.2011
Palestinians gatheromg around the wreckage of a car after an explosion in Gaza City, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Photo by AP
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Smoke rising from a Hamas training camp after an Israeli airstrike east of Gaza City, Thursday, April 7, 2011. Photo by AP

An Israeli air strike in central Gaza killed a Palestinian militant planning a terrorist attack on the Egypt border, the IDF Spokesperson said on Thursday.

According to Palestinian medical officials, two men were killed as they were traveling on a main Gaza road on Thursday.

The car in which the two were traveling went up in flames on the crowded Omar al-Mukhtar street, medical officials said.

Palestinians reported several more casualties as a result of the explosion.

According to the witnesses and paramedics, it was the first Israeli strike inside Gaza City since the three-week Gaza war in 2008-2009.

The IDF Spokesperson confirmed that an Israeli air strike was carried out in the central Gaza Strip.

According to the statement, the IDF strike was a targeted hit on a militant in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade who plotted to commit terror attacks against Israeli citizens and security forces along the Israel-Egypt border.

The IDF Spokesperson identified the other Palestinian killed as a militant working in the northern Gaza Strip.

The strike comes days after Israel's Education Ministry issued an order forbidding any school trips to take place around the southern Israeli city of Eilat, following warnings against a possible terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border.

All schools and youth groups were barred from the area south of Highway 12, which runs along the border and was the site of a terror attack on August 18 which resulted in the deaths of eight Israelis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented earlier this week on the current security situation on Israel's southern border, saying that it poses a difficult security challenge,
"We are working hard to complete the security fence along the Egyptian border," he said.

The fence is significant in terms of security in light of the rising instability in the Sinai Peninsula."

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