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2 Islamic Jihad fighters killed in airstrike

Aug. 25, 2011 6:44 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2011 4:57 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed two members of Islamic Jihad's armed wing in the Gaza Strip late Thursday, witnesses and security sources told Ma'an.

Salim Al-Arabid and Alaa Hamdan died after the airstrike in northern Gaza, Islamic Jihad's military wing said in a statement.

An Israeli army statement said the strike targeted a "squad of terrorists that had fired a mortar shell at the Erez Crossing earlier," referring to the northern crossing between the coastal enclave and Israel.

A military spokeswoman said five rockets struck the western Negev Thursday night and 15 rockets in the past 24 hours.

Seven others have been killed and at least 30 injured in airstrikes during the same period.

The latest airstrikes come amid renewed cross border violence as hostilities flared following a series of shooting attacks in southern Israel last Thursday.

A fragile truce among Gaza militants was announced Sunday evening, but it came unstuck Tuesday after Israel killed an Islamic Jihad commander.
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