An Israeli airstrike in the northern West Bank killed a woman and her three-month-old baby on Sunday, Palestinian health officials said, adding that they were unable to confirm the cause of the strike.
The attack happened in the village of Shujaiya, in the area of the southern Hebron refugee camp, at about 7:30 a.m. local time, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying five people, including a woman, and wounded the driver, the ministry said.
No one else was injured, the statement said.
The Israeli military said in a statement that the vehicle had been “fired upon” and that it fired back with live fire to protect civilians.
The strike was carried out by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, near the southern border with Gaza.
It occurred after a protest against the Israeli military offensive against the West and Palestinian protesters on Sunday night in the nearby town of Beit Lahiya.
It was the second time in the past week that Israeli forces have targeted the Gaza Strip in a deadly airstrike, following a raid on Friday that killed four Palestinians and a Palestinian man.
The Palestinian Health ministry said it was unable to release more details about the attack, citing a security situation.
Israel has been bombing the Gaza strip since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007, in an offensive that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and seven Israelis, according, according the United Nations.
Israel says it is targeting Hamas and other Islamist groups in the Gaza conflict, but Palestinian factions, including Hamas, deny any military involvement.
Israel, which sees Hamas as a terrorist organization, has also been bombing Palestinian targets in the south of the occupied West Bank since late October.
The latest airstrikes have come after a string of deadly Palestinian attacks in recent weeks, including the wounding of five Israeli civilians.
On Monday, Israel said it had launched 59 airstrikes on targets in Gaza in response to the rocket fire on Israel, including dozens in the east of the country.
In recent days, Israel has also carried out more than 1,500 airstrikes in Gaza, with most targeting militants.
On Friday, Palestinian officials said that at least 50 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday hit the country’s border with Egypt.
The rockets struck the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, injuring four people.
In response to Sunday’s attack, Israel announced that it had begun a new operation to retake Gaza.
The operation, which was called “Iron Dome,” will focus on the Gaza border and the Gaza city of Rafah, where Israel said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted an incoming rocket.
It said that it was continuing its air strikes to target Hamas fighters in Gaza and the “terrorist network” there.