Palestinians: 2 killed by tank fire in Gaza

AMY TEIBEL
June 18, 2012
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Israeli security forces secure the area after an attack, near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, Monday, June 18, 2012. Unidentified militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Monday, opening light arms and anti-tank fire on civilians building a security fence meant to fortify the porous border, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed, and two militants were gunned down by troops responding to the attack, the officials said. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials say Israeli tank fire has killed two people in northern Gaza.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack Monday. It said the target was a squad of Palestinian rocket launchers.

Earlier in the day, an Israeli airstrike killed two men on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. The Islamic Jihad said the men were members on a "reconnaissance" mission and vowed revenge.

Israeli military officials said the incidents were not connected to an earlier infiltration from Egypt. An Israeli worker had two infiltrators were killed.