Israeli air strike kills 2 Palestinian gunmen: medics

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 27, 2011 5:07 AM
Israeli air strike kills 2 Palestinian gunmen: medics

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft on Sunday killed two Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip, medics and officials from the enclave's rulers Hamas said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report.

A surge in cross-border violence over the past week prompted fears of a possible escalation into war. Israeli raids in Gaza killed five militants and four civilians last week, a declared response to militants firing more than 70 rockets at the Jewish state, some of them landing deep inside its cities.

Gaza militants for their part insist that their rocket and mortar shootings are in response to Israeli air raids in the coastal territory largely sealed off by the Jewish state.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Louise Ireland)