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Hamas militants die in Gaza raid
Gaza funeral
The dead militants were buried in Bureij refugee camp
Two members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said the men were patrolling a border fence near Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza when they were hit. A third man was wounded in the attack.

The Israeli army confirmed it had launched an air strike in the area.

Israel has recently stepped up military action in Gaza, killing more than 20 Hamas activists as it tries to stop rockets being fired into Israel.

Gaza is run by Hamas which took over the territory in June after a violent struggle with its Fatah rivals.

Israeli troops and settlers withdrew from Gaza in 2005. But Israel says it has to carry out air strikes and raids to curb rocket attacks on its territory.



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