The army said it targeted a cell that planned to fire Qassam rockets at the western Negev.
The latest IDF strike brought the number of Palestinians killed in the Strip Tuesday to 18, after the army operated in Gaza earlier in the day. More than 50 Palestinians were hurt in the operation, including 15 who are said to be in serious condition.
Commander of the Gaza Strip Northern Division, Colonel Ron Asherov, addressed the resistance encountered by IDF troops earlier in the day: "During our activity, we were met with heavy fire and a large number of terrorists," he said, and added that the forces uncovered a powerful explosive device during the operation.
Vehicle targetedThe IDF colonel also addressed the killing of Hussam al-Zahar, the son of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar, and noted that he was not targeted specifically.
"The soldiers fired at armed Palestinians whose identity was unknown," Asherov said.
The forces that operated in the Strip Tuesday morning encountered two terror cells and later identified gunmen in a vehicle that approached them. The car was targeted from the air and was hit. The operation, which began overnight, included troops from the Egoz elite unit as well as armored and engineering corps, and Air Force assistance.
Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story