At least one Palestinian was killed and another seriously wounded in an Israeli air strike that targeted a car he was riding in the northern Gaza Strip, local sources reported.

Palestinian sources identified the man as Majed Matat 27, an operative of the Aqsa Martyr Brigades in the Gaza Strip.
 
Eyewitnesses said an Israeli apache fired at least two missiles at his car in the northern Gaza strip city of Beit Hanoun.
 
The military has stepped up such attacks after the retaliatory suicide bombing that killed five Israelis on Wednesday in an open-air market in Hadera.
 
The Islamic Jihad, who adopted the bombing, said an operative blew himself up in Hadera in revenge to the killing of Islamic Jihad and other Intifada activists.
 
Palestinian resistance on Friday morning fired two home-made Qassam shells from Gaza, one of which landed in an open area north of the Strip.  The shell caused no damage.
 
In addition, the Israeli army beefed up its military presence at the Gaza Strip borders ready to invade the strip should the government decides on a ground operation there.
 
Palestinian factions have vowed revenge for the Israeli air strike which occurred on Friday morning that killed at least five Palestinians and wounded dozen civilians.
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