Israel struck targets in the southern Gaza Strip today, killing three Islamic Jihad terrorists.

The strike was a retaliatory mission, after an Israeli infantry and engineering corps were fired on by mortar shell while performing routine work along the border.

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The three individuals killed in Gaza were members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military arm of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group labeled a terror cell by the US, EU and Israel.

“They were in confrontation with the occupation trying to stop the progress of Israeli military vehicles which were approaching the area,” said a statement by the Al-Quds Brigades.

The Israel Defense Forces also released a statement, with spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner saying, “Rapid reaction and operational capabilities are key to combating terrorist activities against Israel and our forces. Terrorists must know that there is a price to pay when participating in aggression.”

Also Tuesday, an Israeli drone crashed in Gaza, due to what is believed to be a technical malfunction. Members of Hamas reportedly retrieved the wreckage.

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