Two Palestinians killed in Israel-Gaza violence surge (REUTERS) Reporting by Saleh Salem, Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Ari Rabinovitch GAZA 06/19/12 8:36am EDT)
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(Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip on Tuesday near the border with Israel and the enclave´s ruling
Hamas movement fired rockets across the frontier for the first time
in more than a year.
Palestinian medical officials said the two men were civilians. The
Israeli military said aircraft "targeted a terrorist squad identified
handling an explosive device" in the central Gaza Strip near Israel´s
The Islamist Hamas group said its Izz el-Deen al-Qassam brigades
fired four rockets into Israel in response. No casualties were
Although other militant groups have launched rockets across the
border in previous surges of violence, Hamas had held its fire under
unofficial truces with Israel.
On Monday, Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinian militants in
the enclave, attacks which Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said
moved the group´s military wing "to take a firm stance" and launch
Hours before the aircraft went into action on Monday, militants who
crossed into Israel from Egypt´s Sinai desert fired on Israelis
building a barrier on that frontier, killing one worker, before
soldiers shot dead two of the attackers.
The Sinai attack, launched soon after the Muslim Brotherhood declared
victory in Egypt´s presidential election, raised Israeli concerns
about lawlessness in the area since the fall of president Hosni
Mubarak last year. (Reporting by Saleh Salem, Writing by Jeffrey
Heller, Editing by Ari Rabinovitch) (© Thomson Reuters 2012.
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