(Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday near the border with Israel and the enclave's ruling Hamas movement fired rockets across the frontier for the first time in more than a year.
Palestinian medical officials said the two men were civilians. The Israeli military said aircraft "targeted a terrorist squad identified handling an explosive device" in the central Gaza Strip near Israel's border fence.
The Islamist Hamas group said its Izz el-Deen al-Qassam brigades fired four rockets into Israel in response. No casualties were reported.
Although other militant groups have launched rockets across the border in previous surges of violence, Hamas had held its fire under unofficial truces with Israel.