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Israel strikes Hamas terror targets in response to attacks from Gaza

11 September 2019

Tension in the border area with the Gaza Strip was caused by a drone operation carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Israeli army spokesman said on Sunday.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border, September 6, 2019. The drone entered Israeli airspace and dropped explosives near the border fence, damaging an Israeli military vehicle, according to the statement.

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Palestinian resistance factions last night shot down an Israeli drone in the southern Gaza Strip.

The rockets were fired hours after two Palestinian teens were reported killed in Friday clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops on the Gaza border. Following a Saturday drone attack, Israeli fighter jets and a drone "struck a number of Hamas military targets, including offensive naval equipment and two military compounds", the army said.

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Palestinian news agencies said late on Saturday that Israeli airstrikes targeted positions allegedly held by Hamas inside the enclave. There were no reports of casualties in Gaza, but the unrest on the frontier continued throughout the day as four Palestinians infiltrated Israel and were apprehended by the army.

Earlier, quoting sources in Gaza, Palestinian media claimed that Hamas had spotted the drone and downed it. The protesters have called on Israel to end its crippling siege of the coastal enclave and demanded the right to return to lands their families fled during the war that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.

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Israel strikes Hamas terror targets in response to attacks from Gaza