Israel Strikes Hamas Outposts After Charges Hurled Over Gaza Border Fence

Rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol Regional Council an hour before the strike as a result of the explosives being thrown

FILE PHOTO: An air defense system activated by Israeli forces explodes over the northern Gaza Strip, January 10, 2009.
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The Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas outpost in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday after several charges were hurled over the border fence, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said.

Rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol Regional Council an hour before the strike as a result of the explosives being thrown. No casualties or damage was reported.

The Gaza Health Ministry said four were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces along the border on Saturday, one of whom was in critical condition.

Earlier Saturday, the Israeli army said it struck cells that launched incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Strip. 

According to Palestinian reports, three were wounded in the first attack, which targeted an area east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. 

Two Palestinians were killed Friday during protests along the Gaza, according to the health ministry in the Strip. 

The two were identified as Nedal Abed Alkareem Ahmed Shatat, 29, and 24-year-old Jehad Monier Khaled Harara.

One of them was shot in the chest  while protesting east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, the report by the ministry said, and stated that 55 other Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.