Israel attacks Gaza targets following cross-border fire that killed two Palestinians

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

The Arabs launched five rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel on Friday night, in retaliation for the IDF's killing of two rioters at the border fence earlier.

A security source in Gaza said Israeli "warplanes raided four positions" of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, in central and northern Gaza, causing damage but "no injuries".

It "dropped what seems to be an explosive device" near the security fence, damaging a military vehicle before returning to Gaza.

An Egyptian delegation meanwhile arrived in the Gaza Strip Sunday as part of efforts to keep alive a fragile truce between Hamas and Israel, a Hamas source said.

Three 13-year-olds crossed over from the southern Gaza Strip and a search revealed a knife, the army said in a statement. "Any attempt to harm our citizens and our soldiers will be met with a forceful response", Netanyahu declared in a statement on Saturday, according to Times of Israel.

The Israeli army said thousands of Palestinians took part in "especially violent" demonstrations along the border fence, which included throwing "fire bombs and explosive devices" at soldiers.

While weekly protests are mainly organised by Hamas, which has been governing the Gaza strip since 2006, other Palestinian factions also organise the marches through The March for the Right of Return Commission which started early in 2018.

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in said.

A deal was brokered several months ago by United Nations and Egyptian officials to end several violent flare-ups in recent months between Israel and Hamas, which have fought three devastating wars since 2008, and to help stabilize the territory and prevent a humanitarian collapse.

The Israeli army said it used "riot dispersal means".

Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, told Al Jazeera that Israel had a policy of targeting Palestinian protesters, but the level of its action against them often related to the political situation between Israel and Hamas.

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