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IAF kills Hamas operatives in Gaza airstrike

Army Radio says targets were planning major terrorist attack

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

At least two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike Wednesday night in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported.

Hamas sources said three Palestinians were killed, and that they were driving in a car east of the city of Rafah. Palestinian medical sources, however, told Maan News that two men were killed and the third was seriously injured. The Safa News Agency identified the two fatalities as 32-year-old Mohamed Aboul-Enein and 36-year-old Ashraf Mahmoud Saleh, both employees of Hamas’s Interior Ministry’s border patrol unit.

A separate report claimed that one of the victims was a brother of Ahmed Yousef, an advisor to Hamas’ Gaza-based prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh.

Army Radio later reported the military’s claim that the men were senior Hamas operatives who had been planning a large-scale terrorist attack.

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