GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – An Israeli airstrike against smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border killed two people Saturday, a Palestinian medical official said.

Two bodies were pulled from the collapsed tunnels after the Israeli attack, said Dr. Moaiya Hassanain. The identity of the two men is unclear.

The airstrikes came hours after Gaza militants fired two mortar shells at southern Israel, causing no damage.

Israel-Gaza border violence dropped sharply after Israel conducted a three-week war on Gaza’s Hamas rulers more than three months ago. However, the offensive only partially met the objectives of halting rocket fire and weapons smuggling.

The Gaza-Egypt border tunnels are used to bring weapons as well as commercial goods into the blockaded territory. Israel routinely targets them to prevent smuggling.


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