By Avi Issacharoff and Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondents and The Associated Perss
The Israel Air Force opened fire on the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing three Palestinian civilians, hospital officials in the coastal strip said.
The attacks came shortly after militants in the Gaza Strip launched three Qassam rockets at the western Negev. There were no casualties or damages reported in the rocket strike.
The Israel Defense Forces said it had opened fire on the rocket-launching squad that had fired the Qassams at Israel. The army had no information on casualties.
Palestinian witnesses said an IAF missile struck a trailer near the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya. Hospital officials identified the three dead men asZaher al Aaer, 40, his 18-year-old son, Youssef, and a neighbor,Mohammed Abu Herbet, 23.
On Saturday, an IAF air strike killed a Hamas operative near Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border. The dead man was identified as Mohammed Siyam, 34. Two other Hamas operatives who were in the car with him when the missile hit were wounded.
According to the IDF, the strike was in response to a barrage of some 15 mortar shells on southern Israel on Friday. Three of the shells hit Moshav Netiv Ha'asara, but caused no casualties.