A Gaza official said two Palestinians were wounded by IDF artillery shelling in the Strip Sunday, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
The shelling targeted an area east of al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, Ma’an reported.
An IDF spokesperson said the army was unaware of any activity in the area.
According to Gaza’s health minister, Ashraf al-Qidra, the two Palestinians were rushed to a nearby hospital and were treated for multiple burn wounds.
The reported shelling came amid heightened tensions between Israel and the Strip, following a series of rocket attacks and retaliatory sorties.
On Thursday, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes on several targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket was fired from the Strip at the western Negev. At least one Palestinian was injured in the strikes, according to initial reports from Gaza.
Thursday’s rocket attack was the second in 24 hours. Late Wednesday night, a rocket was fired from Gaza and slammed into an open area near Ashkelon. There were no injuries and no damage in that attack either, officials said.
On Tuesday, a Defense Ministry civilian worker was killed by sniper fire from the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory attacks by the IAF that killed a Palestinian toddler and her father, according to Palestinian reports.
The IDF deployed three Iron Dome rocket-interception batteries to the area near the southern cities of Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod over Wednesday and Thursday.