Last Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2012 00:14 am (KSA) 21:14 pm (GMT)

Israeli air strike kills Hamas govt employees in Gaza

Israel routinely launches retaliatory air strikes, which it says is in response to rocket fire from Gaza. (AFP)
Israel routinely launches retaliatory air strikes, which it says is in response to rocket fire from Gaza. (AFP)

An Israeli air strike on a vehicle killed three Palestinian men in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday believed to be employees of the Hamas government, Hamas officials and Palestinian medics reportedly said.

In a statement obtained by Reuters, Hamas said “Israel has assassinated three of our officers as they were doing their duty in protecting the security of our people.”

Israel accuses Hamas of using the subterranean conduits to smuggle in weapons used to attack the Jewish state.

But the death toll was put at two by emergency services who spoke to AFP news agency, adding that a third had been injured.

Israel routinely launches retaliatory air strikes, which it says is in response to rocket fire from Gaza.

Palestinian hospital officials told Reuters a raid after darkness fell in the town of Rafah on Gaza’s border with Egypt killed three men, all employees of the Islamist Hamas government.

The Israeli military are yet to comment on the attack.

The victims were responsible for overseeing tunnels used to import goods from Egypt, the hospital officials said. Israel accuses Hamas of using the subterranean conduits to smuggle in weapons used to attack the Jewish state.

Israel has often targeted Gaza militants by aerial attack in response to rocket fire at its southern towns.

Gaza militants fired two mortar rounds into southern Israel earlier Wednesday without causing casualties or damage, the Israeli army said.

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