Palestinians say an Israeli military strike in Gaza City has killed an Islamic Jihad militant and wounded two others near the Israeli border.

Palestinian security officials say Israeli tanks shelled the area. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

There has been an increase in violence along the Gaza border in recent days. Palestinian militants fire rockets and mortar shells at Israel, and the Israeli military retaliates with attacks on militant facilities and smuggling tunnels in Gaza.

Last week, a Grad rocket fired from Gaza exploded in the Israeli city of Beersheba, the first such attack since Israel's bruising invasion of Gaza two years ago, which was aimed at stopping the rocket salvos.