Two Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza; IDF: Targets Were Snipers

Air strike takes place shortly after terrorists infiltrated Egypt border; unclear as yet whether strike was retaliation.

The Israeli military said Monday that it carried out an air strike against suspected Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip. This was the second strike within 12 hours.

Palestinian medical officials in Gaza said two men were killed in the air strike as they were riding a motorcycle near the town of Beit Hanoun, along the Israeli border.

The two men have not yet been identified, said the Palestinian officials; the Israel Defense Forces said they were wanted militant snipers.

The attack took place shortly after terrorists infiltrated Israel, from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing an Israeli citizen. It was not known whether the air strike was a retaliation.

Hours earlier, Israel launched two air strikes in the Gaza Strip, wounding five Palestinians, including a woman and her child, local media and officials said.

An IDF statement said the air strikes overnight Sunday were in response to rockets fired at southern Israel over the weekend, adding that the targets in Rafah and southern Gaza City were a weapons workshop and a site used for militant activity, respectively.

The rubble of a building hit in an overnight Israeli air strike in Gaza City, June 4, 2012.