GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, (AP) – An airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday killed two Islamic Jihad militants and wounded another, the group said, bringing to four the number of members killed by Israel in less than 24 hours. The strike drew retaliatory rocket fire at Israel.
Islamic Jihad said the three men were returning together to their homes in the Mughazi refugee camp in central Gaza after a night on patrol along the Gaza-Israel border when they were targeted.
The Israeli military said an aircraft attacked the three armed men after they fired an anti-tank missile at troops on the Israeli side of the border fence. No soldiers were reported injured.
An Israeli airstrike Wednesday evening killed two members of the same organization. The Israeli military said the target in that raid was a senior Islamic Jihad militant who was involved in firing rockets at the Israeli city of Ashkelon, north of Gaza.
Islamic Jihad official Abu Ahmed vowed Thursday morning that his group would avenge the killings. “Our rockets and our resistance will not stop,” he said. “We know where and when we will take revenge for these crimes.”
Later on Thursday, three rockets fired from Gaza landed on empty ground in southern Israel, the military said. There were no reports of casualties.
Islamic Jihad said it fired two of the projectiles. The other was launched by a separate militant group.