An Israeli aircraft struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday, killing one person and wounding three others, shortly after a Palestinian rocket from Gaza landed in southern Israel. He was identified as Mahmed Awwar, 33, a Salafi extremist, who had taken part in past rockets attacks on Israel, especially in recent months as a member of the Hamas police. Witnesses said he was riding a motorcycle when he was hit.

The Israeli military said that the joint operation with the Shin Bet security service targeted Awwar as a "global jihad-affiliated terrorist.” In a statement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israeli had carried out a "precise operation and will continue to act forcefully against those who try to hurt the security of Israel's citizens."