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Two Palestinians killed in Gaza blast (Officials)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Two Palestinian policemen were killed and at least one wounded in an overnight explosion in Gaza City, Palestinian officials said.

On Twitter, Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip, said two Palestinians were killed and a third seriously wounded.

Al-Qudra announced that the two dead were Salama Majid al-Nadim and Alaa Ziad al-Gharabli, 32.

The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip said in a statement that the dead were policemen and that security forces in Gaza had opened an investigation.

The Israeli army announced that it had not launched any raid, and Palestinian eyewitnesses told AFP that they did not monitor the flight of any aircraft in the air.

An AFP correspondent reported that a number of nearby houses were damaged and there were traces of blood on the road.

Earlier Tuesday, Israel launched an air strike on Hamas targets in Gaza in response to a mortar attack from the Gaza Strip towards the territory of the Jewish state, the Israeli army said.

Witnesses from the shelling site told AFP that an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft struck Hamas installations east of the Bureij refugee camp.

No injuries were reported.

“A mortar shell was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory,” an Israeli army statement said in English.

“In response, an IDF aircraft targeted a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip,” he said.

Israeli media said the shell landed in an open land without mentioning any injuries or damage.

Tension at the border raises fears of a further escalation ahead of Israel’s September 17 parliamentary election.

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