Gaza City - A leader of a hardline Islamist group that has claimed a
spate of rocket attacks on Israel in recent days was among three
Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza, sources on both
sides said on Sunday.
Sheikh Hisham al-Saedini, 43, also known as
Abu al-Waleed al-Maqdisi, one of the founding members of Salafist group
the Mujahedeen Shura Council, was killed in a strike late on Saturday on
the north Gaza town of Jabaliya, Palestinian security sources said.
Salafist militant Fayek Abu Jazar, 42, died with him as they rode a
motorbike. Two other people, one of them a 12-year-old boy, were
A second air strike early on Sunday killed Yasser
Mohammad al-Atal, 23, of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, the sources said. One other person was wounded.
Israeli military statement said that its "aircraft targeted a terrorist
squad in the southern Gaza Strip in its final preparations to fire
rockets at Israel. A hit was confirmed."
The strike came hours
after Gaza militants fired a rocket that exploded in an open field in
the Eshkol region of southern Israel, a military spokesperson said.