An Israeli helicopter gunship fired at a car in Gaza City Thursday, killing at least five Palestinians, including two bystanders, Palestinian medical officials said. Several more people were wounded, witnesses and medics said.
The target of Thursday's strike, which took place in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, was a senior member of the Islamic Jihad military wing in Gaza Strip, Maqled Humeid, Israeli sources confirmed.
The Palestinians killed were traveling in the same vehicle, which Palestinian sources said belonged to an Islamic Jihad activist. The Subaru exploded as a result of the air strike. However, Palestinian witnesses said the Israelis apparently used a different kind of ordnance than in previous attacks, since the bodies were not burned in the explosion and there was not much shrapnel.
The Israeli military said the attack was carried out against Humeid, 38, who, according to them, "was responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and soldiers, and was currently planning a huge attack against many civilians". (Albawaba.com)
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