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12 December 2017, 06:02 | Colleen Roy
Illustrative Flares fired by Israeli forces to check the border are seen over Gaza City
At least two Palestinians have died in a blast in Gaza, with the Palestinian Health Ministry blaming the deaths on an Israeli air strike.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
Islamic Jihad's armed wing said two of its members were killed, Haaretz reported.
The tension with Israel in the Gaza Strip has been escalating since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week. "Contrary to Palestinian reports earlier today, the IDF did not attack in the northern Gaza Strip", the military said in a statement.
Rocket sirens sounded in southern Israeli communities near the border with the Gaza Strip and residents in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod reported hearing explosions.
The IDF responded to the attack with tank and aircraft fire towards Hamas targets in the south of the Gaza Strip. The rocket was successfully intercepted by an Iron Dome battery. According to the IDF, the recent attacks came in response to the launch of rockets by Hamas from Gaza toward Israel, however, "hits have not yet been identified". At the end of October the IDF destroyed a tunnel built by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, killing twelve terrorists from both PIJ and Hamas.
The Israeli military said late Monday it struck Hamas positions in the northern strip overnight in retaliation for a rocket fired at the southern city of Ashkelon, which Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system shot down.
"The enemy will pay the price for breaking the rules of engagement with the resistance in Gaza", the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement.
In the process of that demolition, 10 gunmen from the group and another two from Hamas were killed - deaths that Israeli sources described as an unintended result of the passage's collapse within Gazan turf.
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