Hamas vows retaliation after Israel kills two gunmen

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2018

The Israeli army said in a statement that "terrorists" had fired shots towards its soldiers "near the northern Gaza Strip from a Hamas post".

The military said the tank responded to shots fired at soldiers from the post. Two Palestinians were reportedly killed in the strike.

A high-level delegation from Hamas has also arrived in Gaza Strip since on Thursday after talks with Egyptian officials. The video then cuts to separate footage of a shell hitting the post and an explosion.

The Islamist group's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed in a statement that the dead men were its fighters, naming them as Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.

Israel's security cabinet discussed the proposal on Sunday, but afterwards ministers said only that the Israeli military was "prepared for any scenario".

The cross-border incident came after a delegation of senior Hamas officials visited Gaza to discuss a ceasefire agreement with Israel proposed by the United Nations and Egypt.

Tensions have soared since Hamas launched mass protests along the border in March.

Cairo's efforts to conclude a comprehensive peace deal between Hamas and Israel is under threat after the latter introduced a new condition on lifting the blockade of Gaza.

The first half of 2018 has been deadly for Palestinian children, with at least 35 children killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, according to Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP).

The sides have been engaged in months of border violence.

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