Palestinians: Three Killed in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza

Palestinian medical officials say Israel fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Strip, striking what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza.

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Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three Palestinians and wounding four, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military confirmed the airstrike, saying they had hit two terror targets in central Gaza. The airstrike came as a response to rocket fire into Israel earlier in the day, apparently referring to a rocket that had landed in Sderot, causing no casualties or damage.

Hamas officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the air strike targeted a Hamas security facility south of Gaza City. The missiles apparently struck what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza, before Israel disengaged from the territory and withdrew all settlements in 2005.

The identities of the men who were killed were not immediately known.

The air strike comes one day after the Israeli navy intercepted a massive arms shipment reportedly destined for Gaza militants.

Tensions between Israel and Gaza ran high last month, after Grad rockets were fired at the Negev city of Be'er Sheva.

This was the first time that Be'er Sheva had been hit by rockets from Gaza since Operation Cast Lead in 2009, when two residents of the city were seriously wounded.

Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike in a Hamas camp in Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip, February 26, 2011.Credit: Reuters

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