Palestinians martyred in Gaza explosion

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An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians riding a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, local residents said.

"The Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza has received the bodies of two martyrs", Ashraf al-Qudra, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman, said in a statement.

Shortly afterward, an Israeli tank responded by bombarding a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said. The rockets launched by Hamas over Israel had intercepted by the Iron Dome missile shield, with no casualties being reported.

Earlier, Israeli planes and tanks shelled the coastal territory after militants fired a rocket toward southern Israel, in what was the latest in a series of cross-border exchanges that have left at least four Palestinians dead since Friday. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

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According to a written statement from the Egyptian presidency, the two leaders emphasized the importance of Palestinian reconciliation as a "strategic option" in the face of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA).

The Israeli military said the targets were "two terror posts", without identifying them.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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