IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza

IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza

IDF tanks & jets attack Hamas positions following mortar shelling from Gaza

About a dozen mortar rounds were fired Thursday afternoon at Israeli army forces involved in construction work along the fence that separates Israel from Gaza, according to Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military.

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.

The tension comes a month after Israel detonated a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into its territory, killing 12 terrorists from the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and Hamas. Israel says Islamic Jihad is affiliated with Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said that at least three Palestinians were injured in the strikes. Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008, including one in 2014 in which Palestinians used tunnels as a way to launch attacks on Israel, according to The Washington Post.

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It was unclear who was responsible for the mortar fire, with a number of militant groups operating in the Gaza Strip, but Israel holds Islamist movement Hamas responsible for all such incidents.

The attack apparently set off rocket sirens in the Israeli town of Sderot and other communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.

"The Palestinian resistance has the full right to defend and respond to this risky escalation". CNN reported the sensors would be capable of detecting "underground activity".

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