One of the terrorists, Hassan Al Madhun, was active in the Al Aksa Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
Another terrorist killed in the vehicle, Fuazi Abu Kara, was a member of the military wing of the Hamas, the Al Kassam Brigades.
The two men were killed in a vehicle bearing a license plate belonging to the PA’s official security apparatus.
An army spokesman said that Al Madhun was responsible for twin attacks in Ashdod’s harbor in 2004, killing ten people, and for bombing the Karni crossing between the Gaza district and the Negev, an attack that left six dead.
Al Madhun is also suspected of attempting to send a female suicide bomber to blow up Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva.
While doing all this for Fatah’s military wing, Al Madhun held an official position in the Palestinian Authority, working for the PA’s Preventative Security Agency in Gaza. Ironically, the PA set up this agency to thwart terrorist attacks against Israel.
Israel repeatedly demanded that the Palestinian Authority arrest Al Madhun, though the requests were ignored.
Al Madhun, who headed an Islamic faction in the Al Aksa Brigades, closely coordinated his activity with the Hamas.
Al Madhun’s Fatah faction was also responsible for firing Kassam rockets on the eastern Negev town of Sderot, including the rockets fired over the past few days.
A number of bystanders were reportedly wounded in the air strike.
Both Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades and the Hamas have vowed to take revenge over the air strike.