In a quick response to the assassination of two resistance fighters in Gaza, a Palestinian resistance group fired two home-made shells at Israeli areas outside of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.
Earlier in the evening, in an ‘assassination by missile (a target deemed illegal by international law), the Israeli airforce killed two Palestinians driving in a car in northern Gaza Strip, according to local sources.
Majdi Hamad and Imad Asaliya of the Salah e-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (a Palestinian resistance group) were confirmed to have been killed in the attack.
The Israeli Army confirmed it had carried out a targeted assassination in Gaza.
Palestinian witnesses said two Israeli missiles hit the car as the men were driving along Salah A-Din Street in northern Gaza City near the Jabalya refugee camp.
Hamad and Asaliyah were killed immediately by the missiles, and their car burst into flames from the force of the attack. Four other Palestinians, whose identities were not immediately confirmed, were wounded.
The last Israeli extra-judicial assassination-by-missile took place on May 20, when Mohammad Dahdouh was killed in an air strike near the Gaza home of Palestinian Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Zahar.
A woman, her 4-year-old son and her mother-in-law, were all killed in the attack, and the woman’s three-year old daughter was critically injured.
International, Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have condemned the Israeli practice of extra-judicial assassinations, as innocents are often the victims, and the practice violates the Fourth Geneva Convention on Human Rights (signed by Israel in 1953).