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Israeli missile kills 2 near crowded Gaza park

By msnbc.com news services

An Israeli airstrike on a car near a crowded park in downtown Gaza City killed two suspected militants on Thursday, the second such attack this week after a period of relative calm along the Israeli-Gaza border.

Similar flare-ups have in the past escalated into a wider confrontations between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza. After Thursday's strike, Israel's military alleged the two men in the car had planned to infiltrate Israel to attack soldiers and civilians, but provided no details.

It said one of the militants had been involved in a suicide bombing in Israel five years ago that killed three Israeli civilians. It identified the other as his nephew, a member of Hamas' military wing. Reuters reported that the men were identified as Essam Al-Batsh and Sobhi Al-Batsh.

Adel Hana / AP

Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a car targeted in an airstrike in Gaza City.

Ismail Zaydah / Reuters

Palestinian medics wheel a woman, injured after an Israeli air strike, into the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

The daughter of Hamas militant Eassam Al-Batsh mourns as she holds her brother during their father's funeral in Gaza City.

Ali Ali / EPA

Palestinians and relatives mourn over the bodies of Hamas militants Essam Al-Batsh and Sobhi Al-Batsh during a funeral service at a mosque in the al Shejaeiya area, eastern Gaza City, on Thursday.

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