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Palestinians: Israeli airstrike kills 3 in Gaza

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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a vehicle Monday night in Gaza City, killing three people, including two leaders of the military wing of Hamas, Palestinian sources said.

It was unclear how many passengers were in the vehicle or how many others were hurt.

Palestinian medical sources said two of the dead were field leaders of Izzedine al Qassam, the military wing of Hamas. Israeli military sources declined to comment.

The U.S. State Department has labeled Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group, as a terrorist organization. Izzedine al Qassam has admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians as well as attacks against the Israeli military.

The airstrike came a day after a similar move in Gaza City. Israel Defense Forces said it attacked a car Sunday, killing a Hamas field commander.

The IDF identified the man as Khalid Abu Salmiya, a member of Izzedine al Qassam. The explosion was in the Nasser neighborhood near a Hamas stronghold.

"The [air force] targeted a vehicle carrying the head of the Hamas terrorist organizations in the Sheiq-Raduan neighborhood in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City," an IDF statement said.

"[He] was a key figure in the producing and developing of weaponry, notably the Qassam rockets and was involved in the firing of Qassam rockets toward the [Israeli] city of Sderot."

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