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Israeli airstrike targets terror operatives in Gaza

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 15, 2012 -- Updated 1014 GMT (1814 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Israeli military confirms an airstrike hitting a target
  • Military was targeting terror operatives in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces says
  • Two people are killed and three injured, Palestinian security sources say

Read a version of this story in Arabic

Jerusalem (CNN) -- An Israeli airstrike Saturday killed two members of a Palestinian resistance committee in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian security sources.

Three others were wounded in the strike in Jabaliya, the sources said.

One of those killed was Hisham Al-Saidni (also known as Abu Walid al-Masri), head of the Salafists in Gaza and Sinai, which is known as Majlis Shura Al-Mujahideen, the Hamas security media office said.

He was targeted while he was riding a motorcycle in Jabaliya north of Gaza City, the Hamas security media office said.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the airstrike.

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said the aircraft targeted "terror operatives of the Hashora Council of the Mujahideen, a Gaza-based Global Jihad affiliate."

Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Hamas health ministry in Gaza, said one of the bodies was decapitated in the strike. A civilian and 10-year-old child were also injured, he said.

CNN's Kareem Khadder and Talal Abu-Rahma in Gaza contributed to this report.

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