Israel attacked the Gaza strip

Leroy Wright
August 9, 2018

The Israeli Army said that "terrorists fired shots towards IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) soldiers near the northern Gaza Strip from a Hamas post".

The military exchange occurred as reports that Israel and Hamas would commit to a cease-fire agreement.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.

A video distributed by the Israeli army appeared to show a tank striking a military post in the Gaza Strip.

The incident is expected to shatter efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to reach a long term truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

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Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip as it seen from the Israeli side of the border, May 29, 2018.

"The resistance can not allow the occupation to impose a policy of bombing sites and targeting fighters without paying the price", it said in a statement. He became the third fatality of Friday's violence, the total death toll of the Great March of Return to 155, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Israel's security cabinet discussed the proposal on Sunday, but afterwards ministers said only that the Israeli military was "prepared for any scenario". At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including at least 120 in protests near the border fence.

"This is a very serious episode", the Hamas statement said, adding that it holds Israel responsible. It deemed Israel's shelling of them a "criminal act".

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.

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