Palestinian Officials: Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza Kill 5 MilitantsBy VOA News
17 June 2008
Islamic Jihad militants stand guard during funeral of Motaz Tafesh, killed in Israeli air strike Monday, in Gaza City, 17 Jun 2008
Palestinian officials say two Israeli air strikes Tuesday in the Gaza Strip have killed five militants and wounded two other Palestinians.
The Islamic Jihad militant group said its members were killed when a missile struck their car near the southern town of Khan Younis.
Another Israeli air strike wounded at least two Palestinians near the town of Deir el-Balah.
The Israeli army has confirmed both air strikes. Army officials say what they call "terror activists" were the target of the first attack and had no immediate details on the second strike.
Israel frequently targets Gaza militants who launch rockets into Israel.
Israel closed its border with Gaza last year after Hamas militants gained control of the region, following fierce clashes with members of Fatah - which is led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Both sides are in Egyptian-brokered peace talks, and Hamas officials said Monday they could be close to signing a truce in the Gaza Strip.