GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and bulldozers attacked a Palestinian security post in a Gaza refugee camp Saturday, and three Palestinians were killed in a gunbattle. In the West Bank, an explosion from a car killed a Hamas militant.
The Israeli army said Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a Qassam-2-type rocket into Israel, the second such attack from Gaza. It prompted sharp warnings from the military, which considers the weapons an escalation.
Israel has said it will retaliate strongly for use of the rocket, which was developed by the Islamic militant group Hamas and has a range of three to five miles, longer than mortars used in the past.
The rocket landed in an open field in Kfar Azza, and no one was injured, the army said.
Nazih Abu Sabaa, a leading member of Hamas' military wing, was killed Saturday when a car near him exploded in the West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian security officials said. The car was wired with explosives, they said.
Palestinian security officials blamed Israel for his death. The Israeli army had no immediate comment.
Witnesses said Abu Sabaa had left the nearby school where he teaches and was walking near a vegetable market in Jenin when a car parked nearby exploded. A 2-year-old boy standing nearby was lightly injured in the blast.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered at the scene, many chanting "revenge, revenge."
Hamas and another radical group, Islamic Jihad, have been responsible for scores of suicide bombing attacks that have killed dozens of Israelis.
Israel has killed dozens of suspected Palestinian militants in targeted attacks during the past 16 months of fighting. Several bystanders have also been killed in these attacks. Israel says it has to take action because the Palestinian Authority is not doing enough to prevent attacks.
Palestinian militants on Friday attacked a checkpoint north of Ramallah in the West Bank, killing an Israeli, Israeli security sources said.
Meanwhile, Israeli troops launched a number of operations in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, days after the military was shaken by a Palestinian bomb attack that destroyed an Israeli Merkava-3 tank and killed three soldiers.
Israeli tanks, military vehicles and bulldozers attacked a Palestinian security compound Saturday in the el-Bourrej refugee camp south of Gaza City. Israel said the incursion was in response to Palestinians shooting over the fence into Israel.
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