Gaza deaths in Israeli air raid

At least three Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air raid in the central Gaza Strip.

The attack on Sunday evening came hours after Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, vowed a “powerful” response to recent attacks from the territory.

An Israeli army spokesman said an Israeli aircraft carried out the strike in the Gaza Strip but gave no further details.

Palestinians said the men killed were members of the Islamic Jihad group and were hit in a field often used to launch rockets towards Israel.

Violence has risen along the Israeli-Gaza frontier in the past month, which could further complicate US-backed diplomacy in the region.

At least two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers close to the northern border of the besieged strip on Saturday.

Netanyahu told a weekly cabinet session on Sunday that 20 mortar bombs and rockets had been fired at Israel from the Hamas-ruled territory last week, vowing an “immediate and powerful response” to any such attacks in the future.

Rocket and mortar attacks were also cited as the reasons for Israel’s 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which began in late December 2008 and left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead.

Thirteen Israelis were killed during the conflict.

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