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Israeli air raids have killed at least 2 Palestinian teens and injured many more, it has been reported.

Amir al-Nimri, 15, and Luay Kaheel, 16, died of their wounds on Saturday shortly after an airstrike targeted al-Kutaiba, an area in western Gaza, the health ministry said.

Twelve others were wounded by the attack.

The al-Kutaiba square is adjacent to a park frequently visited by families over the weekend, especially during the summer months, witnesses told Al Jazeera.

Maram Humaid, a journalist in Gaza said: “That’s why so many civilians have been hurt in the latest strike.”

In a Twitter post, the Israeli military confirmed it targeted a “high-rise building”.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the two teenagers who lost their lives were playing on the roof of the semi-abandoned building and described a scene where “there was glass everywhere”.

Two other people were wounded in earlier Israeli air raids, which targeted several neighbourhoods in Gaza, raising the total figure of those hurt to 14.

Following the attack on al-Kutaiba, a ceasefire agreement was reached through international and regional mediation efforts, Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

In a Twitter post, Hamas, the group governing the Gaza Strip, said the efforts of “several parties” including neighbouring Egypt succeeded in implementing a lasting ceasefire.

There has been no immediate confirmation from the Israeli side.

Earlier in the day, it said it attacked several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, as dozens of rockets and mortars were fired towards Israel from the besieged enclave.

The escalation came just hours after a 15-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces at protests in the Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel and scores were wounded.

A 20-year-old died on Saturday of gunshot wounds.

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