GAZA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip Saturday night, killing five men the Israel military said were preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
Ynetnews reported the militants appeared to be targeting Negev communities. The casualties apparently were members of Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, the Israeli news Web site said.
The Jerusalem Post cited Palestinian medical sources saying five people died in the airstrike east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip.
The Post said an Israeli military representative said the airstrike hit its intended targets.