GAZA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Three Palestinians were killed Thursday morning in Israeli shelling in northern Gaza Strip, medical sources and witnesses said.
The last bombing raised the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip to six in less than 12 hours.
It was not immediately known if the three were militants or civilians. As Palestinian sources said the dead were farmers working in the agricultural town of Beit Hanoun on the border, an Israeli army statement said the raid thwarted a Palestinian rocket attack from Gaza.
Witnesses said that five Israeli artillery shells landed near the border fence separating Israel and Beit Hanoun. It took ambulance crews more than an hour to evacuate the bodies because Israeli bulldozers were operating on the Palestinian side of the borders.
A fourth resident was wounded in the bombardment, said Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza.
Late Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in an Israeli airstrike on the militants who were trying to launch homemade rockets from central Gaza Strip to southern Israel.