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Israeli Missile Attack in Gaza Kills 3 Hamas Militants - 2004-03-03

Israeli helicopters have fired missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip, killing at least three people. Palestinian sources say two of the dead were members of the Hamas militant group.

The car was traveling near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim in the central Gaza Strip when it was hit.

Witnesses said the car was completely destroyed by the missile attack, with smoke billowing from the wreckage. Crowds of people gathered around the car, and many tried to put out the flames.

Israel has routinely used helicopter gunships in strikes aimed at killing Palestinian militants. Last Saturday, a similar air strike killed three members of the Islamic Jihad group.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which are on the State Department list of terror organizations, have been behind many of the attacks against Israelis in the past several years.