Israeli aircraft kills militant in Gaza

Story highlights

  • IDF says southern Israel has been pummeled by rocket fire
  • The slain militant was a member if Izzedine al Qassam, Palestinian medical sources said

An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian militant in Gaza City on Thursday, Palestinian medical sources said.

The victim was a member of Izzedine al Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, the movement that controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza, the sources said. Two others were wounded, the sources said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the aircraft struck a terrorist in Gaza preparing to fire a rocket at Israel.

Israel and militants in Gaza have traded fire in recent months. The IDF said nearly 400 rockets that were fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.