GAZA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Two Islamic Jihad (Holy War) militants were killed early on Wednesday in an Israeli airstrike in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, medics and security sources said.
Officials at Kamal Odwan Hospital in northern Gaza said: "Ahmed Za'anein, 21, and his cousin Mohamed, 23, were killed when an Israeli missile directly hit their car near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun."
Witnesses confirmed the incident, saying an Israeli missile hit a car in Beit Hanoun and a rescue team took the bodies of two victims to a hospital.
Security sources said the dead are militants of the armed wing of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad movement.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army.
On Tuesday, the Hamas authorities in Gaza said they were taking measures to preserve their ceasefire with Israel after a flare-up of cross-border violence in recent days.
Islam Shahwan, spokesperson for the Hamas interior ministry, said the measures aim to prevent "individual actions in the field, " implying that recent rocket attacks against Israel were launched by smaller or unknown militant groups.
The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal ended an eight-day armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in November 2012.
Recently, there have been more rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza, to which the Jewish state responded with airstrikes on militant training sites that it said were weapon storage facilities.
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