Israeli Army Bombards Gaza, Injures Three Palestinians

Israeli forces fired four mortar shells at alleged Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, following claims by the army that several shells had been fired from inside the Gaza Strip at an Israeli military post along the border.

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since seizing it in 2007 in a near civil war with Fatah, leaving the Palestinians with two separate administrations. IDF tanks fired at the source, followed by the IAF attack on four positions of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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.

"Hamas and Fatah are asking Egypt to postpone the transfer of the government roles from December 1 to December 10 in order to finalise arrangements to ensure the completion of national reconciliation steps", said a statement from Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military twice on Thursday struck targets in Gaza after Israelis working on the border fence came under mortar fire, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Officials in Gaza said three civilians were lightly wounded in one of the Israeli strikes.

An army spokesperson said the attack was carried out by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups.

Three people received light injures as a result of Israel's targeting of a site in the besieged Gaza Strip on 30 November 2017. Most of the dead were members of the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad, which threatened retaliation.

The army generally holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire originating from Gaza.

"The Palestinian resistance has the full right to defend and respond to this risky escalation".

In late October, the IDF blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

Israel also is building an underground barrier to prevent tunnels from crossing into Israel.

  • Rogelio Becker