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The health ministry in the Gaza Strip reported Sunday morning that two Palestinian men were killed by an Israeli airstrike overnight.

The strike took place east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, and hit a group of men who had congregated near a graveyard, Palestinian reports said.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately comment on the reports.

Recent weeks have seen the most serious tensions with Hamas since the 2014 war.

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On Saturday, Palestinian media reported that an Israeli aircraft targeted a group of Gazans launching flammable balloons from the southern part of the strip. The army said it was unaware of the incident.

Over the weekend, incendiary balloons sparked more than ten fires near communities along the coastal enclave, firefighters said.

Since March 30, southern Israel has experienced hundreds of fires as a result of incendiary devices attached to balloons or kites launched from Gaza across the border into Israeli territory.

Over 7,000 acres of land have been burned, causing millions of shekels in damage, according to Israeli officials. The attacks have continued almost daily, although there has been a marked reduction in numbers since last weekend, when Hamas said it agreed to a ceasefire.
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Israel has been escalating its responses to the arson attacks, in some cases opening fire directly on arson squads instead of sufficing with warning shots as it did in the past. Also on Saturday, a Palestinian teenager died of his wounds after reportedly being shot by Israeli troops a day earlier, during weekly clashes along the Gaza border, the Hamas-run health ministry said. The teenager was the third reported fatality from the clashes, with the Gaza health ministry saying a 43-year-old man and 12-year-old boy were also shot dead Friday along the border. overnight overnight overnight overnight overnightovernight overnight overnight overnight