Gaza City (Palestinian Territories): Israel launched more air strikes against on the Gaza Strip overnight, after killing two people in earlier raids, the Palestinian health ministry said on Saturday.

The latest strikes targetted two camps of the armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al Qassam Brigades, in central and northern Gaza; and a former Hamas security post in Gaza City. The latest attacks wounded about 20 people.

On Friday, medics in the Gaza Strip reported that two Palestinians had been killed and four wounded when Israeli warplanes struck twice there.

A first Israeli air strike on Friday afternoon targeted the east of Al-Bureij in the central part of the Gaza Strip, killing Basel Ahmad, 29, who was of no known affiliation, local medical sources said.

Two other Palestinians were wounded in the strike, one of them seriously, the sources added.

Israeli aircraft "targeted a terrorist squad during preparations to fire a rocket at Israel from the central Gaza Strip. A hit was identified," the military said in a statement.

A second Israel air strike killed another Palestinian in the north of Gaza.

Hammam Abou Qadous, 20, died of his wounds after being hit as he travelled on his motorbike in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, Palestinian medical sources said.

Two other Palestinians were slightly injured in the same attack, they added.

An Israeli army statement said "a plane of the Israeli Air Force targeted a terrorist group in northern Gaza just after the group launched a rocket that hit the Ashkelon region".

Earlier on Friday, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets that hit southern Israel, without causing casualties or damage.

The violence came despite a tenuous Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. It was announced late on Friday by the Islamists' Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades military wing after a flurry of deadly exchanges in and around the territory.

The latest round of Israeli attacks and Palestinian retaliation began with air strikes on Monday morning, just hours after gunmen from Sinai carried out an ambush along Israel's southern border with Egypt, killing an Israeli civilian.

Israel has said that its sudden spike in Gaza operation three deadly air raids in just over 12 hours earlier this week -- was "in no way related" to the border incident, with the military saying the air force was targeting militants about to attack the Jewish state.

(Agencies)

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