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Israeli Soldiers Kill 2 Palestinians in Southern Gaza Strip


Israeli soldiers have killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses say the two men were killed early Friday near the security barrier separating southern Gaza with Israel. Israeli military officials say troops had spotted the men attempting to plant bombs along the barrier.

The killings were the latest in a series of clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants.

Israeli soldiers killed five Palestinians Thursday during an army operation in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Officials say three of the dead were wanted militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of the mainstream Fatah Party.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and incoming Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Friday denounced the Israeli military's sweep through the Nablus refugee camps.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.