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Gaza in State of Alert-Explosions hit police checkpoints, Kill Three Officers

The Gaza Strip  was in a “state of alert” on Wednesday after explosions killed two policemen and  wounding several others in  Palestinian enclave, the Hamas-run interior ministry said.

A state of emergency was declared after the attacks with forces on alert.

The officers died in “two explosions targeting police checkpoints” late on Tuesday night, , according to officials.

The first blast destroyed a motorcycle as it passed a police checkpoint with two riders aboard.  Two police officers were killed and a third Palestinian wounded.

The second explosion, less than an hour later, killed another officer and wounded several people at a separate checkpoint.

The authorities in Gaza did not specify the nature of the explosions.

The Israeli military denied carrying out an air strike, and Palestinian witnesses at the scene told  news agency AFP they had seen no aircraft overhead.

The Israeli army accuses Hamas of not doing enough to contain its ally Islamic Jihad, which is considered close to Iran, an enemy of Israel.

Since 2008, Israel has waged three wars on the Gaza Strip,  killing thousands of people, mostly Palestinian civilians.


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