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Gaza militant killed in Israeli air strike

An injured man in Khan Younis. Photo: 5 January 2010
One of those injured is reported to be in a critical condition

An Israeli air strike has killed one Palestinian militant and injured three others in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli officials say.

They said the attack was carried out near the southern town of Khan Younis.

Israel's military and Palestinian medics say the targeted men were from the Popular Resistance Committee group.

The death was the first of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this year. Israeli raids killed six suspected militants in Gaza and the West Bank last month.

There has been a sharp drop in the number of rockets being fired out of Gaza into Israel since Israel launched a large-scale offensive in Gaza in 2008.

Gaza map showing Khan Younis

But in recent weeks the number of rocket attacks has increased, as has the frequency of Israeli air strikes, the BBC's Jon Donnison in Ramallah reports.

The Popular Resistance Committee group apparently targeted in Tuesday's strike has close ties to Hamas, the Palestinian faction which runs the Gaza Strip, our correspondent adds.



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