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IDF soldiers near Gaza (Archive photo)
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Gaza: IDF kills 2 Hamas gunmen
Israeli troops shoot militants dead during exchanges of fire near Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza City; number of gunmen apprehended

Two Hamas gunmen were killed Tuesday morning during exchanges of fire with IDF forces who conducted a pre-dawn raid near the Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza City, Palestinian sources reported.


An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops shot the two Palestinian militants, who were later identified as Abdullah el-Luch and Yehia Burak, as the army conducted a ground assault against what she called 'terror infrastructure' in the Hamas-controlled territory.


No injuries were reported among the IDF soldiers, and a number of other gunmen who were apprehended during the operation were taken in for questioning by security personnel.


On Saturday the IDF forces killed two gunmen belonging to the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's armed wing. Palestinian sources said three explosions were heard near Jabalya in the northern part of the coastal enclave, adding that three more people were lightly injured in what they claimed was an artillery strike.


The violence could challenge Egyptian-mediated efforts to broker a truce between the Jewish state and militant groups. Hamas has not claimed any cross-border rocket fire into Israeli towns since the beginning of March.


Hanan Greenberg and Reuters contributed to the report


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