At least three Palestinians were killed and five where injured Friday
morning, in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip city of
Beit Lahia, Palestinian sources reported.

Eyewitnesses said an Israeli apache fired at least one missile at the vehicle which completely destroyed it killing all its occupants.

The Israeli army said the strike targeted a car carrying Hamas operatives.  Palestinian sources Identified one of the the dead as Rashad Al-Maqousi, 30, while the other two remain unknown as their bodies were completely burnt.

Five civilian bystanders were killed as the car was driving through a very crowded residential area.

Thursday night, another air strike targeted the house of a Hamas leader killing three residents and wounded several others.

The death toll in Gaza Strip exceeded 260 since the beginning of the Israeli military operation in the strip after the capture of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by the Palestinian resistance on June 25.