Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

GAZA – Two Palestinians have been killed early on Sunday in an Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip, officials said.

Samir al-Amour 25, and Abdul Kareem al-Naqa 28, were killed by Israeli artillery fire in the Southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, spokesperson for health ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qedra, said in a statement.

The Israeli army said in a statement Sunday that a tank targeted a military observation post in Rafah.

The bombing was a response to an explosive device placed on Saturday near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, according to the army.

The Israeli army revealed that the device was detonated.

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