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Israeli forces kill five Palestinian militants

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Five Palestinian militants are reported to have been killed in two separate clashes with Israeli forces.

Both sides have confirmed that two Palestinian gunmen were shot after cutting through a border fence to cross from Gaza into Israeli territory.

The other three died when Israeli forces responded to a rocket attack on Israel. The rockets apparently landed in open areas and caused no injuries.

In reply Israeli aircraft fired at what the army called a “terrorist unit” in Gaza.

Palestinian sources said three members of Islamic Jihad were killed in the attack.

The bodies of the three men were taken to the town’s morgue.

The number of rocket attacks against Israel has diminished since its winter offensive against Gaza a year and a half ago, which killed more than fourteen hundred Palestinians.