Israel says it is again attempting to kill Palestinian militants, adding that its failed missile strike in Gaza Tuesday marked the resumption of the controversial assassination policy.
On Wednesday a second Israeli attack targeted four men near a rocket launcher in north Gaza. No casualties were reported.
Israel stopped the planned assassinations of militant leaders in February as part of a truce deal. However, Israeli officials now say the policy has been reactivated to counter recent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in and near Gaza.
Evidence of the policy shift emerged Tuesday, when Israel fired missiles that missed their target in northern Gaza. That attack occurred during an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem.
Hours later on Israeli television and radio, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz confirmed the tactic, saying Israel reserves the right to attack militants at any time in any place.