Two Palestinians killed during Israeli shelling in Gaza

A brushfire near Kibbutz Re’im east of the Gaza border

Local witnesses confirmed that the Israeli artillery fired two shells targeting a Hamas military post in northern Gaza killing two Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation army said that it shelled a Hamas post in response to firing from the Palestinian enclave that targeted Israeli troops. Sources said that Hamas is unwilling to enter into any negotiations or provide any information about the Israeli soldiers detained, agreeing only to a prisoner exchange in return for the freeing of prisoners rearrested after the Gilad Shalit deal in 2011.

A high-level delegation from Hamas has also arrived in Gaza Strip since on Thursday after talks with Egyptian officials.

Ran Goldstein, the head of the Israel-based Physicians for Human Rights, told the state-run Israeli Broadcasting Corporation that Hamas had told him that "the video sent by the family of Avraham Mengistu to their son about two years ago has been passed on".

The incident comes as the United Nations and Egypt continue to try to broker a deal for a lasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

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The military released footage that it said was of the incident.

In the past four months, there has been an upsurge in violence along the Gaza-Israel border.

Tensions have soared since Hamas launched mass protests along the border in March.

"This is a very serious episode", the Hamas statement said, adding that it holds Israel responsible.

Israel has lost tracts of farmland and forest to fires started by kites and helium balloons laden with incendiary material which have caused fires in Israeli forests and farmlands and flown over the border by Palestinians in Gaza.

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