UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Israel said on Sunday it had fired at armed Palestinians overnight near the Gaza border fence, where Hamas’s health ministry said three youths had been killed in the Hamas-controlled enclave since 2007.
The Israeli army confirmed in a statement that it had fired late on Saturday from a helicopter and a tank towards “suspected militants” in front of the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.
This came after three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel on Saturday evening, the Israeli army announced, in the second such attack in 24 hours.
The Israeli military said air defense systems intercepted two missiles without disclosing information about the third.
Israeli medics said they treated six people, including two lightly wounded and four with panic attacks.
Hours later, the Israeli army said it had “identified a number of suspected militants near the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip.” “An attack helicopter and a tank opened fire at them,” he said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said “Mohammad al-Taramsi (26 years), Mohammed Abu Namous (27 years) and Mahmoud al-Walaydeh (24 years)” were shot “by the Israeli army last night in the northern Gaza Strip” north of Beit Lahia.
A fourth Palestinian was injured in the same incident.
On Friday, Palestinians from Gaza fired a rocket at Sderot. The Israeli army said it was the first such attack since July 12.
A Palestinian security source said Israeli aircraft had carried out raids on targets in the Gaza Strip in response. He explained that the raids targeted a Hamas observation post in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, an unspecified target near Gaza City, in addition to open land near Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army said in a statement that the raids were “against secret targets of the Hamas terrorist organization in the north and central Gaza Strip.”
Islamic Jihad called the three dead a “crime”. “We hold the Zionist occupation fully responsible for its heinous crimes against the Palestinian people,” the group said in a statement.
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The rocket fire from the besieged Gaza Strip follows a series of incidents in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of this month.
The Israeli army and the Hamas health ministry announced a week ago that a Palestinian had been killed by soldiers after he had shot at Israeli soldiers at the border.
A day earlier, the Israeli army announced that its forces had killed four heavily armed Palestinians at the border, noting that one of them was able to throw a grenade at the soldiers.
On August 1, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian who infiltrated into Israel and killed him.
The army said the Palestinian was seeking revenge for the killing of his brother by Israeli fire earlier.
Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.
Regular demonstrations have taken place since March 2018 along the borders of the besieged enclave.
Since then, at least 305 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip and the border area with Israel, the majority of them during the “return marches”, while seven were killed on the Israeli side.
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