GAZA, (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed two Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip Friday, the Islamist group said, as a spike in cross-border violence continued for a second day. The Israeli military said it was checking the report.
Fighting flared in Gaza Thursday after a Palestinian anti-tank missile hit an Israeli school bus, wounding two, and Israeli forces retaliated with planes and armoured forces, killing five Palestinians.
Both sides had said they hoped to avoid a further escalation in violence, but the latest air strike, which targeted gunmen from Hamas’s armed wing near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was a sign that fighting was carrying on.
Israeli forces Thursday struck targets throughout the densely populated territory, including Hamas positions, smuggling tunnels along the border with Egypt and Gaza’s derelict airport. Gaza militants rained 45 rockets and mortars down on southern Israel.