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Two Palestinians planting bombs killed by Israeli troops

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January 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

Palestinian ambulances are seen in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, after an Israeli strike Jan. 18. Photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Palestinian ambulances are seen in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, after an Israeli strike Jan. 18. Photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Two Palestinians were reported killed in an Israeli military strike near the Gaza border.

Israeli troops fired Wednesday on Palestinians that the Israeli military said were placing explosives near the border fence in order to harm or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Two other Palestinians were reported injured in the attack.

The explosives that were being planted also exploded during the attack, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempts to harm its civilians or Israel Defense Forces soldiers,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that it held Hamas responsible for violence emanating from Gaza.

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