Israeli air strike kills two Hamas men in Gaza

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Posted: Dec 08, 2011 7:24 AM
Israeli air strike kills two Hamas men in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike on a car killed at least two Hamas militants and wounded two others on a crowded Gaza street on Thursday, the Israeli army and local medical officials said.

Hamas radio identified the dead as brothers Essam Al-Batsh and Sobhi Al-Batsh, from the Hamas armed wing.

Hundreds of Palestinians crowded around the charred remains of the car, which was hit in the early afternoon on a main urban thoroughfare.

In Tel Aviv, an Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed an air strike had been carried out. She said the two men killed in the incident had been planning an attack on Israeli civilians and soldiers along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Hamas, an Islamist group hostile to Israel, has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Edited by Richard Meares)