Israeli gunfire kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza Strip

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 12:04 PM
Israeli gunfire kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) - Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire on Saturday near Gaza's border with Israel, medical officials said on Sunday after their bodies were recovered.

The Israeli army said on Saturday that two militants were targeted after approaching a frontier area that Israel has put off-limits to Palestinians, citing attacks against border patrols.

The incident followed a barrage of mortar bombs fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by Hamas Islamists.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem; Editing by Matthew Jones)