IAF Targets Terror Cell, Three Killed

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - On Thursday, the IAF (Israel Air Force) targeted a Palestinian terror cell, killing two gunmen and injuring two others.

The air strike took place after terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF unit patrolling the security fence near the Elmarazi camp in central Gaza, not far from the Kissufim crossing.

Palestinians fired four rockets on southern Israel Thursday morning, with no reports of injuries or property damage. Islamic Jihad's al Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for the attacks.

On Wednesday night, the IAF targeted one of al-Quds' senior commanders, Khaled Shalan, as he was traveling between Jabaliya and Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.

Among his other terror-related activities, Shalan was responsible for rocket launch cells in northern Gaza firing longer-range Grad missiles on the Israeli coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod.

Another cell member, Hamza al-Najah, was critically wounded in the attack, which was the second targeted killing since the end of Israel's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip on January 20.

Islamic Jihad issued a statement following the strike.

"The attack proves that the Zionist entity is not interested in calm and therefore it must wait for our response and more rockets. This crime will not be ignored," the statement read.

Sources: Haaretz, YNet news

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