Two Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Raid in Gaza

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An Israeli air raid in Gaza killed two Palestinians Tuesday, as Israel pursued its campaign to stop rocket fire by Hamas militants from the enclave, medics said.

The deaths take to 2,136 the number of Palestinians killed since July 8 when the Israeli offensive started. An army spokesman said Israel carried out 15 raids since 21:00 GMT Monday, while several rockets were fired at Israel Tuesday morning.

One of the rockets was destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system in the greater Tel Aviv area.

Israeli warplanes targeted two high-rise buildings in Gaza City.

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement that they fired “a rocket at Haifa and four at the Tel Aviv region” in reprisal for the attacks against the 14- and 16-storey buildings.

Two rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon late Monday, an army spokeswoman said. Israel had earlier only mentioned one such attack.

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