Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Two Palestinians In Southern Gaza Strip

Public servants of the Palestinian authority queue to receive their salaries outside a bank in Gaza City May 3 2018. Reuters Mohammed Salem

Public servants of the Palestinian authority queue to receive their salaries outside a bank in Gaza City May 3 2018. Reuters Mohammed Salem

A female Palestinian protester throws stones on Friday during clashes near the border with Israel in the eastern Gaza Strip.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Force) is not involved in this incident in any way", an Israeli military spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Health Ministry, in a statement, confirmed the deadly shootings, identifying two of the victims as Abdel Rahman Qudeih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Rayda, 20.

"In this incident, an attempt to damage the security infrastructure, breach Israel's sovereignty and carry out an attack was thwarted", the IDF said, according to CNN.

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The rallies will culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "The Catastrophe".

Israel has come under global criticism, including from the United Nations and the European Union, for the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters. The protests have seen thousands gather to demand access to their families' lost homes or lands, now in Israel.

Earlier Sunday, the Hamas terror group said it is vowing revenge after blaming Israel for an explosion that killed six of its terrorists. Although some protesters have targeted Israeli troops with stones and set tires on fire, trying to approach the fence in the thick smoke, the protests have been largely peaceful.

Gunfire has wounded hundreds more on Israel's border with Gaza.

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In addition to those killed and wounded in the context of the protests, 10 Palestinians were killed since March 30 in other border incidents.

Last week Israeli troops shot dead three people as they attempted to enter Israeli territory.

The army added that the latest attack had no relation with the Saturday explosion, which claimed the lives of six Palestinian fighters in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group, first said that several of its members were killed while attempting to dismantle an unexploded rocket from the 2014 war with Israel.

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