Israeli tanks and troops have pushed into the southern Gaza Strip where they have traded gunfire with members of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the army and Hamas have said.
for questioning and identity checks, witnesses said.
Residents of the area said that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the two young men who went hunting near the city, affirming that the two victims were not affiliated with any Palestinian faction.
The Israeli army admitted it opened fire at the two young men, claiming that the presence of armed men in the area was a threat that should be dealt with.
Meanwhile, medics at a northern Gaza Strip hospital walked off their jobs for a few hours on Saturday to protest the kidnapping and kneecapping of a doctor by Palestinian armed groups, the first physician targeted in months of deadly infighting.
Fayez al-Barrawi, a known Hamas supporter, was blindfolded, handcuffed and shot six times in the legs, including a kneecap, and then tossed on the street on Thursday. Hamas has said Fatah fighters were behind the kidnapping.
Al-Barrawi worked at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.
It is the first time a doctor was seized. However, fighters often fire on paramedics and ambulances during gun-battles.