Israel, Palestinians trade fire; 2 killed in Gaza

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Palestinians gather around the rubble of a destroyed house following Israeli strikes in the Rafah refugee camp, Southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Palestinians gather around the rubble of a destroyed house following Israeli strikes in the Rafah refugee camp, Southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a vehicle following an Israeli airstrike at the main street in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. At least two were killed in the car outside a grocery shop, and a few others were wounded by the Israel airstrike on a Gaza City street, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinians search the site of the wreckage of a vehicle following an Israeli airstrike at the main street in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. At least two were killed in the car outside a grocery shop, and a few others were wounded by an Israel airstrike on a Gaza City street, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.

The official, Ashraf al-Kidra, says the two were workers at a livestock farm that was hit in the airstrike.

The Israeli military says it carried out 20 airstrikes early on Friday, targeting rocket launchers and weapons sites. It says Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel.

Earlier this week, Hamas had rejected an Egyptian cease-fire proposal under which Israel would gradually ease its blockade of Gaza, without giving specific commitments.

Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official, was quoted as saying by the Hamas-linked Al Rai news service that his group would not accept anything short of an end to the blockade.

Associated Press

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