Palestinian sources reported Saturday that IDF forces operating near the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun killed two Palestinian brothers.
The IDF confirmed its forces had fired at two men acting in a suspcious manner during the operation.
According to Palestinian officials the bodies of the men, aged 42 and 45, were located early Saturday morning. The two were apparently hit during an IDF shelling of various targets in Beit Hanoun. No further injuries were reported.
Also overnight in the Gaza Strip, a bomb went off close to a Hamas police
building in Gaza. There were no injuries. There have been a series of bombs placed close to Hamas institutions in recent months, following its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in mid-June from rival Palestinian group Fatah.
There have been no claims of responsibility for the blasts, which have unnerved Hamas officials in Gaza. Hamas has blamed rival Fatah, which rules the West Bank, for the attacks.
On Saturday, Hamas' interior ministry in Gaza said they had arrested a number of "trouble makers," who they accused of blowing up a police vehicle belonging to Hamas on Thursday. Hamas said the perpetrators were "from the leadership of Fatah" but provided no further details.
IDF forces have been operating the Gaza off-and-on all week. During their Tuesday operation, IDF forces killed two gunmen who were discovered near the security fence. The two were later identified as Hamas operatives.
On Monday, IDF forces foiled an infiltration attempt
into the Gaza vicinity community of Netiv Ha'asara, killing two gunmen.
AP contributed to this report