Two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air attack on a car in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian ambulance paramedics.
The attack on Tuesday took place only hours after Israel carried out a series of attacks on the blockaded territory in the early hours of the day, killing at least 13 people, including three members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as civilians and children.
Israel said the initial attack was part of “Operation Shield and Arrow”.
Following the car attack, the Israeli military said on Twitter that “an aircraft struck a terrorist squad carrying anti-tank guided missiles in the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza”.
Al Jazeera’s Youmna El Sayed, reporting from Gaza, said the car was completely destroyed by the attack.
“The car was directly targeted by a drone missile. It was completely burned. More air strikes have been taking place and artillery shelling also took place in Khan Yunis,” El Sayed said.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, in West Jerusalem, said the latest attack could escalate the situation even further.
“There is a lot of concern about if this will lead to further escalation. Right now, there is a concern that there will be rocket launches towards southern Israel. It is a very tenuous situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, thousands paid farewell on Tuesday to the 13 Palestinians killed in the earlier Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip. Mourners attended the funeral procession for those killed in the attacks in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, Anadolu news agency reported.
Four children and four women were among those killed in the Israeli attacks that targeted sites of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group in Gaza.