Deaths near Gaza border as tensions rise between Israel and Hamas

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Officials at a Gaza hospital say a young Palestinian girl has been killed during air strikes by Israel. Palestinians were injured during attacks on Hamas training camps in Khan Younis and al-Bureij on Tuesday. The wounded include two of the dead girl’s brothers, according to the Gaza hospital.

Tension has been rising since three suspected Palestinian attacks in the last few days – the killing of an Israeli civilian near the border on Tuesday, a bus bombing near Tel Aviv on Sunday and the stabbing of an Israeli policeman on Monday.

The airstrikes came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised swift retaliation for Tuesday’s attack – the shooting of an Israeli man carrying out work on the security fence at the Gaza frontier.

It is the first Israeli death in the area in more than a year and threatens to destabilise a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas who govern the Gaza Strip.

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