The latest flare-up in Gaza showed no sign of abating Sunday afternoon, when two people were killed and three others were injured – according to Palestinian reports – in an Israeli air strike on a group of armed Palestinians near Deir al-Balah.
Israeli military sources said the IAF launched a strike on a terror cell that was preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, a mortar shell was fired from Gaza at the Eshkol region. No damage or injuries were reported.
Sunday’s events are the latest in a series of exchanges between Israel and an obscure Salafi terror group known as the Mujahideen Shura Council. On Friday, members of the al-Qaeda-linked group fired a rocket that landed in the yard of a house in the southern Israeli city of Netivot. There were no injuries in that attack.
In response, the IAF struck terrorist targets in Gaza early Saturday morning. Late Saturday night, an Israeli strike hit in Jabalia in northern Gaza killed Salafi terror chief Hisham Al-Sa’adani.
Early Sunday morning, Yasser Muhammad al-Atal, 24, an active member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was killed in another strike, which targeted a motorcycle east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza strip. One other man was reportedly injured.