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Palestinians: Israeli airstrike kills 2 on Gaza-Egypt border

  • Relatives of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, mourn over his body in his family house during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike has killed several Gaza residents in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. A Health Ministry spokesman says the pre-dawn airstrike wounded five others. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.(AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Relatives of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, mourn over his body in his family house during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike has killed several Gaza residents in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. A Health Ministry spokesman says the pre-dawn airstrike wounded five others. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.(AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli pre-dawn airstrike has killed several Gaza residents and wounded five others in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. The bombing appears to be the first to target smuggling tunnels since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli pre-dawn airstrike has killed several Gaza residents and wounded five others in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. The bombing appears to be the first to target smuggling tunnels since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, mourn over his body in his family house during his funeral, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli pre-dawn airstrike has killed several Gaza residents and wounded five others in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. The bombing appears to be the first to target smuggling tunnels since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Relatives of Palestinian Muhammed al-Aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between Gaza and Egypt, mourn over his body in his family house during his funeral, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Palestinian officials say an Israeli pre-dawn airstrike has killed several Gaza residents and wounded five others in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt. The bombing appears to be the first to target smuggling tunnels since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike has killed two Gaza residents in a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt.

Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says Thursday's pre-dawn airstrike wounded five others.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. But on Wednesday the military said its missile defense system intercepted several rockets fired from militants in Egypt toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat — a relatively rare occurrence.

The bombing appears to be the first to target smuggling tunnels since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Earlier this week, Israel carried out several strikes on Hamas targets after a rocket landed in Israel. Israel holds Hamas responsible for any fire originating from Gaza.