Mahmoud al-Haiji, 27, was killed and another man injured as the Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued on Thursday. Both men were in the Gaza City neighborhood of al-Zaytoun when Israeli warplanes launched their missiles.
Ashraf al-Qudra, A spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza, reported that al-Haiji, a fighter with the al-Qassam Brigades, died at Shifa hospital. Israel claimed they were planning to launch an attack on Israeli soldiers patrolling the Gaza border.
The airstrikes followed earlier Israeli artillery attacks which left one Palestinian dead and several more injured in al-Shaja’yeh, east of Gaza City.