IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza

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"The attack was carried out in response to high-trajectory fire at an Israel Defense Forces post at the northern end of Gaza", the army said in a statement.

Several mortar shells were fired at an Israeli military outpost near the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday causing material damage without causing any injuries, according to Israeli media.

The army later said in a telephone briefing that the false alarms were caused by gunfire, and were checking if they were intentionally set off.

Fatah's top negotiator said Wednesday that rival movement Hamas was "not committed" to a landmark Palestinian reconciliation agreement, two days ahead of a key deadline to implement the accord.

Three people were injured today after Israeli occupation warplanes targeted the besieged Gaza Strip.

IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza
IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza

The IDF spokesperson on Thursday afternoon announced that Israeli forces attacked four terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since seizing it in 2007 in a near civil war with Fatah, leaving Palestinians with two separate administrations.

Just over two hours later, local residents in Gaza reported hearing further Israeli air strikes on the Strip.

The Israeli army claimed that fighters of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, fired 10 to 12 mortar shells into an army base, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, and that the army "retaliated to the mortar fire".

"The Palestinian resistance has the full right to defend and respond to this unsafe escalation". A total of 67 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed in the conflict, while 2,251 Palestinians died, according to the United Nations.

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