Gaza (Reuters) An Israeli air strike killed the leader of an armed Palestinian faction, a top lieutenant and three other members in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday, the group said, hours after Israel blamed gunmen from the territory for cross-border attacks which killed seven.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a faction that operates independently from Gaza's Hamas group, identified their dead leader as Kamal Al Nairab and said their military chief, Immad Hammad, had also been killed.

A sixth fatality in the attack on Rafah town was a nine-year-old boy.

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