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Israeli strike kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza: Officials

AFP , Tuesday 7 Aug 2018
People carry the body of a Palestinian Hamas militant who was killed in Israeli tank shelling, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2018. (Reuters photo)
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An Israeli strike on Tuesday killed two militants of the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement after shots were fired at soldiers, Palestinian 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 Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.

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

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 Israeli occupation army appeared to show a tank striking a military post in the Gaza Strip.

No Israeli troops were injured in the exchange.

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 besieged Gaza since 2007, waging three wars against the strip 2008, 2012 and 2014, leaving more than 3000 Palestinians killed, thousands injured and infrastructure in shambles.  

The United Nations and Egypt are currently trying to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas for a lasting truce.

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