July 5, 2011 / 2:10 PM / 9 years ago

Israel shelling kills two Qaeda-linked Gaza gunmen

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces fired into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to kill two gunmen from an al Qaeda-affiliated Palestinian faction who approached the boundary fence, medical officials and militant sources said.

The two dead and a comrade wounded in the shelling belonged to the Tawheed and Jihad group, radical Islamists who have challenged Hamas rule over the Palestinian enclave, militant sources said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the incident, which disrupted a relative quiet along the frontier.

An Israeli security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen were suspected of preparing to fire a rocket across the border into Israel.

A rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel on Sunday, causing no damage or casualties.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Peter Cooney

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