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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

27 May 2018

Amnesty International has called the situation in Gaza "another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way".

Palestinians inspect an Islamic Jihad observation post after it was targeted in Israeli tank shelling, in the southern Gaza Strip May 27, 2018.

Palestinian media had earlier reported the air strikes, which reports said lit up the sky in the city of Rafah that abuts Gaza's southern border with Egypt.

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The IDF confirmed the attack on its Twitter, saying the targets were hit in response to the "incident that took place earlier today, in which suspects infiltrated Israel & attempted to damage security infrastructure". "The Hamas terror organization is exclusively responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for the terrorist acts being carried out from Gaza against the citizens and sovereignty of Israel", it added.

The infiltration came just hours after Palestinians threw an explosive device at IDF soldiers during a protest on the border.

The bombing was a response to an explosive device placed on Saturday near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, according to the army. "Returning to the lands of Palestine", he added in a separate tweet.

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No Israelis have been killed during that time.

At least 110 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests started on March 30 and thousands more were injured.

Islamic Jihad operates with a measure of independence from Hamas, the Islamist group that has controlled Gaza since 2007 and fought three wars against Israel.

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza