Published: Чт, Августа 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hamas militants killed by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza

Hamas militants killed by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza

Two Palestinians, belonging to Islamic Hamas movement, were killed on Tuesday by Israeli artillery fire in northern Gaza Strip, according to Hamas's military wing, al-Qassam Brigades.

In an earlier statement, the Israeli military said gunmen fired on its soldiers from a Hamas post, which was shelled by a tank in response.

The statement added that an Israeli army-affiliated tank then "targeted the post from which the shots were fired".

However, Israeli media reported that an Israeli force came under fire near the borderline in northern Gaza.

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Hamas warned Israel that it would pay for the attack, without elaborating.

The incident is expected to shatter efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to reach a long term truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. One of the grainy black and white video clips shows two men in a watchtower, one appears to open fire as puffs of smoke burst in front of him.

On Monday, Israel responded to the launching of flaming balloons from Gaza into southern Israel by launching an airstrike, injuring two Gazans. Violence between the Palestinians and Israel has gained momentum late March, when Gazans started marching towards the fenced border with Israel in a series of protests calling for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their lands in Israel.

Al-Aydi was one of four minors who died of gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during protests on the the Gaza border.

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