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Israeli strike kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza: officials

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

An Israeli strike today killed two militants of the Strip's ruling movement after shots were fired at soldiers, and Israeli officials said.

Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed in a statement that the dead men were its fighters and named them as and

An Israeli military statement, apparently referring to the same incident, said that the returned fire after shots were fired at its soldiers from a post in the northern Strip, next to the border with

Palestinian sources said that the Israeli attack was in the north of the strip but they said it was a drone strike, while the Israeli statement said that it was tank fire. A video distributed by the appeared to show a tank striking a military post in the Strip.

The military said it was prepared "to target any aggression against and holds responsible for everything happening in and from the " It added that no Israeli troops were injured in the exchange.

Hamas warned that it would pay for the attack, without elaborating.

"The resistance cannot allow the occupation to impose a policy of bombing sites and targeting fighters without paying the price," it said in a statement.

Since Palestinian protests and clashes along the Gaza border erupted at the end of March, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

The protests call for Palestinians to be able to return to the land they or their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel.

Israel says any such return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state.

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas have fought three wars with Israel since 2008. The and are currently trying to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas for a lasting truce.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 20:40 IST
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