Israeli tank fire kills two Hamas militants in Gaza
Israeli tank fire kills two Hamas militants in Gaza
A brushfire near Kibbutz Re’im east of the Gaza border
10 August, 2018, 06:42
"In response to terrorists shooting at IDF forces in the northern Gaza Strip, an IDF tank attacked the position belonging to the Hamas terror group where the attack originated", the army said. A 6-meter high fence and additional security measures will be installed on the barrier by the end of 2018, the ministry said in a statement.
About 158 Palestinians have been killed and more than 17,000 others injured by Israeli gunfire during the rallies, which take place every Friday.
A high-level delegation from Hamas has also arrived in Gaza Strip since on Thursday after talks with Egyptian officials.
The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the incident was "expected to destroy Egypt and the UN's efforts to achieve a long-term ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas.
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.
Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, confirmed two of its members were killed, but said the border post was hit during an "exhibition" by a naval commando unit that was being watched by several Hamas leaders.
It said Israel was "fabricating lies" and that it bore responsibility for the deaths.
Israel has lost tracts of farmland and forest to fires started by kites and helium balloons laden with incendiary material which have caused fires in Israeli forests and farmlands and flown over the border by Palestinians in Gaza.
At least 158 Palestinians have been killed in four months of weekly border protests and one Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Gaza sniper.
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