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5 dead in Gaza car bombing, airstrikes

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  • Israeli forces kill Hamas police officer near Egypt border, Palestinian sources say
  • Bomb kills three militants in car, wounds 13 soldiers, Israel says
  • Hamas claims responsibility for attack at border crossing
  • Earlier airstrike kills man approaching security fence, Israel says
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Three Palestinian militants were killed and 13 Israeli soldiers wounded when one of two explosives-laden cars blew up at a Gaza border crossing Saturday, an Israeli spokeswoman said.

A Palestinian rescue worker tries to douse a car hit by an Israeli airstrike Saturday in Rafah, Gaza.

The explosives detonated as an Israel Defense Forces unit arrived at Kerem Shalom crossing at Gaza's southern end about 6:30 a.m., the spokeswoman said.

The second car was not detonated.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shortly after, an Israeli tank opened fire on another explosives-laden vehicle in the area of Kibbutz Nirim, near the Kissufim area, the spokeswoman said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

A fourth Palestinian was killed by an Israeli airstrike as he approached a security fence at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal crossing, near the northern end of Gaza, at 5:30 a.m., Israel said.

In addition, Palestinian sources said a Hamas policeman was killed in an airstrike Saturday afternoon in Rafah, along Gaza's border with Egypt.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed an airstrike on a car in the Rafah area.

The spokeswoman said that there were at least three other attacks by militants at these crossings in the past week. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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