GAZA STRIP: Five killed by Israeli strikes as cease-fire cracks

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Five Palestinians have been killed over the last two days by Israeli airstrikes, including attacks Wednesday against a sports club and a tunnel at the Gaza-Egypt border, security and medical sources said.

The airstrikes came as a fragile two-day cease-fire appeared to be breaking between Israel and Gaza militants.


Early Tuesday a top Islamic Jihad member and another man were killed in an Israeli airstrike. After the killing, the militant group took credit for several of the rocket and mortar attacks against Israel over the last week.

Gaza militants responded with a volley of rocket attacks against southern Israel, causing some injuries and damage.

Another Israeli airstrike hit a sports club in the town of Biet Lahiya , where two people killed and 15 others were injured.

A tunnel worker was killed in a separate strike and other workers are missing, security sources said.

Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the deputy minister of foreign affairs for Hamas, warned that Hamas -- which controls Gaza -- ‘cannot stand idle as Israel violates the truce.’

-- Rushdi Abu Alouf in Gaza City