Gaza City: An Israeli airstrike on a car near a crowded park in downtown Gaza City killed two militants on Thursday, the second missile strike this week after a period of relative calm along the Israel-Gaza border.
Similar flare-ups have in the past escalated into wider confrontations between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza. After Thursday's strike, Israel's military alleged the two men in the car had planned to infiltrate Israel to attack soldiers and civilians, but provided no details.
It said one of the militants had been involved in a suicide bombing in Israel five years ago that killed three Israeli civilians. Hamas identified the second man as the nephew of the first and a member of the group's military wing.