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Israel: Airstrike kills senior Palestinian militant

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Police sift through debris Thursday in Gaza near the site where Israel killed a senior Palestinian militant.

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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed three members of the Palestinian militant group al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, including a senior militant, according to Israeli security sources.

Israeli security sources said the three militants killed in the Jabalya attack were involved in attempted suicide attacks, rocket attacks, and planting explosives.

Iyad Hassin Sa'ud Najar, 30, was identified as a "senior terrorist" in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of the Palestinian political party Fatah, Israeli security sources said.

The attack came a day after another Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed a member the radical Popular Resistance Committees, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. Wednesday's strike happened in Rafah, in southern Gaza.

Israel has vowed to renew airstrikes in Gaza amid an uptick of violence in the region.

On Monday a suicide bomber attacked at the Netanya mall, killing himself and five Israelis. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Israeli soldier fatally stabbed

A Palestinian man fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier on Thursday at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, Israeli military officials said.

Qalandiya is the main crossing between the West Bank town of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

"An initial inquiry of the incident shows that the Palestinian arrived at the crossing and, during his security check, pulled out a knife from his bag and stabbed the soldier," the IDF statement said. "The soldier died instantly."

Israeli soldiers arrested the attacker, who was being questioned by security forces, IDF said.

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