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Israeli air raid kills two Palestinians in Gaza: medics

An Israeli air strike targeting a car in the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians on Friday, medics said, hours after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence.

GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike targeting a car in the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians on Friday, medics said, hours after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence.

Palestinian medical sources said the raids struck near the home of Ismail Haniya, former Hamas prime minister who stepped down June 2 when Gaza and the West Bank set up a unity government.

The violence comes a day after Israel accused two men it said belong to Hamas of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank a fortnight ago.

Israeli troops are staging a wide-ranging manhunt for three teenagers who disappeared from the southern West Bank on June 12.

Earlier Friday, five Palestinians in Gaza were wounded by Israeli tank fire in response to the detonation of the border bomb.

A spokesman for Gaza's health services, Ashraf al-Qudra, told AFP the five were hurt after the tanks targeted "two mosque minarets" east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

An 11-year-old boy was in serious condition from that attack, he said.

The Israeli military said "an explosive device was activated against (army) forces operating adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip," causing no injuries.

"The force responded with tank fire towards lookout posts used to guide the attack against the forces," it said.

An army spokeswoman told AFP nine explosive devices were set off at Israeli forces near the border with Gaza since the beginning of the year.

While there has been no recent rise in roadside explosions near Gaza, there has been a noticeable uptick in Palestinian rocket fire at Israel in recent weeks, leading to air strikes by Israel.

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