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Palestinians killed in Gaza raid

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Bulldozers clear site of Israeli tunnel bombing

At least three Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air strike on a tunnel between Gaza and Egypt, Palestinian officials say.

They said several others were wounded in the attack, which occurred near the southern border town of Rafah.

It follows a rocket attack from Gaza into southern Israel on Monday, in which an Israeli soldier was injured.

Tunnels from Egypt are used to smuggle weapons and goods into Gaza, which is under an Israeli-led blockade.

A Palestinian Health Ministry official, Dr Moaiya Hassanain, says the men caught in the tunnel were all smugglers.

Rescue services were reported to be digging through the rubble at the site of the attack to try to find any more casualties.

The Israeli military say the air force struck the tunnel in retaliation for Monday's cross-border mortar attack. They have pledged a military response to every attack from Gaza.

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The border between Gaza and Israel has been largely quiet since a ceasefire agreed between Hamas and the Israeli government in January, which ended 22 days of fighting.

Israel's military says about 220 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel since that time.

The BBC's Katya Adler in Jerusalem says many Palestinians accuse Israel of failing to keep its promise to ease restrictions on goods coming into Gaza, even when no rockets or mortars are fired.



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