A Palestinian man died on Thursday morning of wounds he sustained on Wednesday when a car he was in was targeted by an Israeli army helicopter in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources reported that Ahmad Abu Warda, 20, died of wounds he sustained along with another two people, when their car was hit by a missile fired from an Apache helicopter. The car was traveling on a road in Al Sudaniah in the northern part of the Gaza strip on Wednesday afternoon.

The other two people still lie in critical conditions in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Palestinian sources stated that the three are members of Al Qudes Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

Israeli media sources reported Israeli army claims that the three were "on their way to fire home made shells at Israeli targets". No shells were found in or near the car, eyewitnesses reported.