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Two Palestinians killed by Israel tank fire: medics

world Updated: Sep 20, 2009 22:55 IST

Two Palestinian men were killed by Israeli tank fire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip today, Palestinian medical sources said, with one of them identified as an Islamist militant.

The shelling in eastern Gaza came hours after the army said several rockets were fired at the Jewish state from the Islamist Hamas-ruled coastal enclave, without causing casualties or damage.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, identified one of the dead men as one of its members.

Medical sources said the other was a 25-year-old but could not say if he was a militant. Two other Palestinians were wounded in the shelling, they said.

According to Israeli state radio, two rockets exploded in Israel this morning without causing injuries or damage.

However the army did not specify the number. "We still don't know how many devices were fired, as we are carrying out a search of the area to examine the debris," a military spokesman said.

In late December, Israel launched a deadly offensive against the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza to stop rocket fire from the territory.

Since then, more than 200 rockets and mortar rounds have been fired from Gaza into Israel, the army says.