7 Jan 2011

Palestinian men killed near Gaza strip border

8:33 am on 7 January 2011

Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian men they say were trying to cross the border fence separating the northern Gaza Strip from Israel.

The deaths come after a month of increased tension along the border with frequent exchanges of fire, the BBC reports.

Israel has carried out regular air strikes and there has been an increase in rocket fire from Palestinian militants.

The Israeli army says the men were targeted as they tried to climb the security fence in northern Gaza. This could not be independently confirmed.

Palestinian doctors retrieved the bodies of the men on Thursday morning.