NEWS22 hours ago Israel-Gaza Border Quiet After Botched Israeli Operation

Aaron Brown
November 14, 2018

Palestinian media outlets circulated photos showing the remnants of the elite Israeli military force which infiltrated into Gaza Strip Sunday night and clashed with the the Palestinian resistance.

The IDF will increase the number of troops stationed along the Gaza border in the event a large force is needed there, the army said in a statement on Monday.

However, by print time, the papers had said that only six Palestinians were killed as the seventh died early on Monday after the papers were out.

The violence threatens to derail the Egypt- and Qatar-backed ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas, which could end months of tensions and occasional bouts of violence along the border fence.

A statement from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, said that "Zionist enemy special forces", in a civilian vehicle, infiltrated two miles into Gaza, east of the Palestinian town of Khan Younis. The group said its fighters gave chase as the Israelis sped back towards the border.

The paper said Hamas in Gaza attacked a spontaneous procession in Jabalya refugee camp commemorating Arafat's death anniversary.

Hamas is demanding an expansion of the permissible fishing zone off the Israeli-controlled Gaza coast, uninterrupted flow of fuel to mitigate chronic power shortages and the lifting of Israeli restrictions on exports and imports.

According to the IDF, at least 10 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas or were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

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On the Israeli side of the border, a guided missile wrecked a bus, wounding a soldier, and shelling struck several homes as residents fled to shelters, authorities said.

"By retaliating, they are legitimizing themselves as targets for further Israeli air strikes, and by doing nothing risking the ire of Gazans who feel that Israeli forces are now being allowed to conduct targeted assassinations at will in the coastal enclave", he explained.

"This morning brings me back four years to the days of Operation Protective Edge [the 2014 Gaza War]", he said.

It is worth noting that Hamas field commander Nobr Baraka embraced martyrdom as a result of the clashes which claimed one of the Israeli officers and injured one another. The organizers cited "the ongoing security situation".

At a news conference in Paris on Sunday, Netanyahu defended his decision to move toward an unofficial cease-fire with Hamas.

Palestinian militants on Monday fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, critically wounding an Israeli teen in what appeared to be an act of revenge after a deadly undercover Israeli military raid the day before.

The money to pay the long-delayed salaries of the Hamas-government's civil servants was part of an Egyptian-brokered understanding between Hamas and Israel.

Hamas, the militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, launched a feverish security sweep across the territory, setting up checkpoints across the territory in a show of force after what appeared to be a major security breach for the militant group. "More details to follow", an Israeli army statement said. "I do not have a political solution with the Islamic State, I don't have a solution for Iran as long as it declares it wants to destroy us, there is no such (political) solution", he said.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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