Israel attacks Hamas positions in Gaza after four Palestinians infiltrate border

Israel attacks Hamas positions in Gaza after four Palestinians infiltrate border

The reports came hours after the Israeli Air Force attacked Palestinian armed units in the southern Gaza Strip, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, reported.

After the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced today (Saturday) that four Palestinians successfully crossed the border into Israel from Gaza early Saturday morning, Hamas released a video documenting the infiltration from the terrorists' point of view.

Since March 30, Palestinians have been holding mass protests, dubbed the Great March of Return, near the Gaza Strip border.

Israeli naval vessels have made it hard for Gaza's fishermen to fish beyond a certain point, usually set at six nautical miles or about 11km and have opened fire on Palestinians ships in the past.

In response to that discovery, Israel fired on an Islamic Jihad position in the southern Gaza Strip, killing three people.

The Israeli military said in a statement that its "fighter jets struck military targets in a compound belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the southern Gaza Strip". No injuries were reported in the incident.

The attack came hours after a Palestinian who approached the border fence with what the Israeli army said an'intention of carrying out an attack was killed by tankfire. Grieving relatives held a funeral for the Palestinian Mohammed al-Radeia

It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.

As a matter of policy, the Israeli army considers Hamas, which rules Gaza, to be responsible for any attack emanating from the beleaguered coastal enclave.

Dozens of burning kites were flown from Gaza across the border over the weekend, sparking several fires in Israeli fields, Hadashot TV news reported Saturday night. Over 10,000 Gazans took part in the demonstrations in the course of Friday and Saturday, the army said.

Two of those killed were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour, 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

He also appealed to the worldwide community to pressure Israel to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip and on global NGOs to provide protection to anti-siege ships.

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