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Shelling kills 3 in Gaza, sources say

Islamic Jihad militants Monday attend the funeral of a comrade killed in Gaza on Sunday. Two others also died Sunday.
Islamic Jihad militants Monday attend the funeral of a comrade killed in Gaza on Sunday. Two others also died Sunday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Israel Defense Forces say they weren't involved in Monday attack
  • Palestinian sources say Israel fired shells at Islamic militants Monday
  • Shelling came day after Israel warned that the nation would respond strongly to attacks
  • Israel says 3 Islamic Jihad operatives ready to launch rockets were killed Sunday
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Gaza City (CNN) -- Shells that landed in Gaza killed three Islamic militants Monday, Palestinian sources said.

The shelling came a day after Israel's prime minister warned that the nation would respond strongly to attacks coming from Gaza, though the Israel Defense Forces denied involvement in Monday's incident.

On Sunday, three Palestinians, described by the IDF as Islamic Jihad operatives ready to launch rockets, were killed. The dead included a senior commander who was known to be behind attacks via improvised explosive devices and gunfire, the IDF said.

Monday's attack occurred just east of the northern Gaza neighborhood of Jabalya, the Palestinian sources said.

At the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that 20 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel from Gaza last week.

"I regard this very seriously," Netanyahu said. "The IDF responded immediately; it attacked missile-producing factories in the Gaza Strip and tunnels through which Iran smuggles missiles and rockets into the strip.

"The government's policy is clear," the prime minister said. "Any firing at our territory will be responded to strongly and immediately."