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Israeli army kills two militants in Gaza border shelling: Medics

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Palestinians inspect an Islamic Jihad observation post after it was targeted in Israeli tank shelling, in the southern Gaza Strip May 27, 2018.

He called on the United Nations and other worldwide bodies to protect the boat leaving from the enclave run by Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Israeli military tanks shelled the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing at least two Palestinians.

The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour and 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The soldiers arrived at the scene moments later and opened fire at the individuals, who in turn fled back to the Palestinian side of the fence.

Around mid-afternoon local time, the army said it had fired at four Palestinians who crossed into Israel from Gaza and hurled incendiary objects at Israeli troops.

According to the Islamic Jihad group, two men were part of their armed wing, called the al-Quds Brigades.

Mass protests and clashes began on March 30 along the fence separating Gaza and Israel.

"The Israel Defense Forces, using fighter jets, attacked a number of terror targets in an military compound belonging to the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza Strip", the army said in a statement.

The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue.

As a matter of policy, the Israeli army considers Hamas, which rules Gaza, to be responsible for any attack emanating from the beleaguered coastal enclave. No injuries were reported in the Saturday morning incident.

It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.

It said most of the 86 people injured Friday were treated for tear gas inhalation while some sustained gunshot wounds.