- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP (AP) - Israeli forces have shot and killed two Palestinian militants near the Gaza border.

An Israeli army spokeswoman says the men were armed and were approaching the border. She says Israeli forces entered Gaza and fired on the men. The spokeswoman cannot be identified because of Israeli military regulations.

Palestinian health official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain says a third man was in the area, but it was unclear if he was wounded.

Violence has been sporadic since Israel halted a three-week assault on Gaza in January that was meant to stop rocket attacks from the territory on nearby Israeli communities.

There are fears, however, that occasional attacks could develop into larger clashes between Israel and Palestinian militants.

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