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Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians and wounded several others Monday in operations against militants in the northern Gaza Strip.

In one incident, Israel's military says troops shot dead two armed Palestinians who were trying to place explosives near the border fence separating Gaza from Israel.

Earlier, an Israeli air strike killed a Hamas militant and wounded several other people in the northern town of Beit Hanoun. The Israeli military says the aircraft hit a group of militants who had just fired mortars into southern Israel.

Israel has stepped up air strikes and ground raids in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in June.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.