GAZA CITY - An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians in northern Gaza early Wednesday, medics said, just hours after a blunt warning from Israel’s prime minister. Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, named the two as Ahmad al-Zaanin, 21, and Mahmud al-Zaanin, 23, and said they died when a missile struck their car as they were driving around the northern town of Beit Hanun.

Israel’s military confirmed the attack, saying it was a targeted strike against Ahmad al-Zaanin, describing him as “a senior operative in the PFLP organisation” who was responsible for recent anti-Israeli attacks. “Ahmad Zaanin was a key Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) operative in the Gaza Strip who has actively planned to launch rockets at Israeli communities in the south of Israel,” a military statement said.