Palestinian medical sources reported that the number of residents killed, Monday, due to Israeli bombardment in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, rose to three after the Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday evening, a missile at residents in as-Sikka Street in the city.The slain resident was identified as Khalil al-Kafarna, 29; he was seriously wounded in the attack and died of his wounds at the Beit Hanoun Hospital.

Earlier on Monday, two Palestinians were killed and at least four were injured in a series of Israeli air strikes targeting different areas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, reported that Yasser Jom’a at-Tarabeen, 26, from Beit Hanoun, and Abdul-Rahman Darweesh Abu Jalala, 25, from Beit Lahia, were killed when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of people in Abed al-Hameed Street, Beit Hannon; four Palestinians, including Abu Jalala, were seriously injured.

The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, said that Abu Jalala is one of its fighters, and that he was part of a group that clashed with Israeli soldiers invading Beit Hanoun Monday.

The Brigades vowed fierce retaliation, and said that “the enemy will pay the price for this crime”.

Also, the Salah ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committee, said that Yasser at-Tarebeen, who was killed in Beit Hanoun, is one of its fighters.

In related news, eyewitnesses reported that several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded areas in northern Beit Hanoun, and fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at random; the Israeli Air Force was also flying over the area.

Local sources said that three high schools in the area had to be shut down, and the students were sent home due to the Israeli escalation.