JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Three suspected Palestinian militants allegedly set to launch a rocket attack on Israel were killed Saturday by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops operating in the northern portion of the Gaza Strip encountered the suspected militants and the resulting firefight left three Palestinians dead and another five wounded, Ynetnews reported.
Those wounded in the attack reportedly received light to moderate injuries.
While Israeli officials allege those killed or injured were preparing to fire rockets at Israel, some Palestinians deny that was the case. They allege the victims were actually Palestinian bankers simply holding a picnic.
Meanwhile, near the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip Friday, two suspected members of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, were killed during an Israeli airstrike of a suspected terrorist site.