June 5, 2006

Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian militant

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli missile strike on a car in the
northern Gaza Strip on Monday killed one Palestinian militant
and wounded four others, witnesses said.

The Israeli army confirmed it had carried out the strike. A
spokeswoman said the car was carrying a militant who had been
involved in firing makeshift rockets at Israel.

Witnesses named the dead militant as Emad Assalya and said
he and the wounded were from the Popular Resistance Committees,
an umbrella group of militants. A local PRC leader was among
the wounded, militants said.

The car was hit by three missiles fired from an airborne
drone, the witnesses said.

The Israeli military has carried out periodic airstrikes in
the Gaza Strip against militants who fire homemade rockets into
the Jewish state.

The strike follows recent days of Palestinian factional
violence in the coastal territory. Five Palestinian bystanders
were killed in crossfire in incidents on Sunday.