Gaza official: Israeli fire wounds 2 Palestinians

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza health official says two men have been wounded by Israeli fire in the central Gaza Strip.

The official, Ashraf al-Kidra, says Israeli forces fired at the men east of Deir al-Balah late Sunday. Their identities were unclear. The official initially said the men had been killed, but he said that the two were found to be seriously wounded.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Such incidents have been rare since Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers wrapped up an eight-day battle last month. Israel launched the offensive to stop years of rocket fire at Israeli communities.