Published today (updated) 01/06/2010 16:45

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike hits Palestinian smuggling tunnels in Rafah,
in the southern Gaza Strip on 2 May 2009.[ MaanImages/Hatem Omar]
Gaza – Ma’an – Medics in the Gaza Strip confirmed three dead following an Israeli air strike on the northern Strip near the town of Beit Lahiya on Tuesday afternoon.

An Israeli military source said planes were aiming for a “clear target” in the area, and pilots noted “secondary explosions” following the bombing.

The fire is the second, possibly third of the day, with clashes reported in the south with alleged militants, and shots fired toward a 65-year-old woman hitting her in the legs near the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Israeli military representatives said two “infiltrators” were killed, though Palestinian medics said no bodies had been recovered from the area.

The same representatives said they were unaware of any military activity in the region where the elderly woman was killed, saying the fire that injured the woman was not from Israeli forces.