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Two Palestinians killed in Israeli tank shelling in Gaza

Israeli tank shelling killed al-Qassam Brigades members Ahmed Marjan and Abd al-Hafez al-Silawi
A relative of a Palestinian Hamas member who was killed in Israeli tank shelling, reacts at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on 7 August 2018 (Reuters)

Two Palestinian members of Hamas were killed after an Israeli raid on northern Gaza on Tuesday, the Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement.

The ministry identified the two men as Ahmed Abdallah Marjan, 23, and Abd al-Hafez Mohammed al-Silawi, 23.

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, confirmed that the two men were members.

The spokesperson of the Israeli army confirmed that an Israeli tank targeted an al-Qassam Brigades site, from which shots had allegedly been fired early on Tuesday.

The Israeli army posted footage on social media it said showed the two al-Qassam members shooting towards Israeli troops on Tuesday morning.

According to the Palestine Media Centre, the shelling targeted the Asqalan site, run by al-Qassam, in northern Gaza.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since 30 March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return protests.

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