Gaza: Two people were killed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian officials say. The Israeli military said its strike targeted militants attempting to fire rockets into Israel.
Palestinians said that both victims were members of the Islamic Jihad group. Another militant was injured.
The air strike comes a day after militant groups in Hamas-run Gaza said they would halt rocket attacks on Israel if the Israelis reciprocated.
In a separate development, Israel says its new anti-rocket defence system is now operational.
The system’s first radar-guided missiles, have been deployed near the southern city of Beersheba.
A second battery is to be deployed later near Ashdod.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned that the system, known as Iron Dome, would not be able to provide 100 percent protection.
“The Iron Dome system is still in an experimental stage, and at any rate, we cannot deploy batteries that can protect every house, every school, every base and every facility,” he said