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Israel strikes Gaza Strip, killing 2, after tense border clashes during ‘Great March of Return’

Israel strikes Gaza Strip, killing 2, after tense border clashes during ‘Great March of Return’

Hamas has vowed retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, that killed two people and injured two others. The strikes are seen as payback for two Israeli soldiers being wounded by sniper fire during clashes on Friday.

Although each Israeli serviceman suffered non-threatening injuries and was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital, the Israeli Air Force then attacked a Hamas outpost in the Gaza strip.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions remain at an all-time high, amid the ongoing weekly ‘Great March of Return’ protests that erupted in late March last year. The protests have claimed more than 200 Gazan lives as Israel continues to use live fire to quell the Palestinian discontent.

At least four Palestinians were killed and dozens of others wounded, including 10 children, during the latest Friday protest, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Three paramedics and a journalist are among the wounded, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.