Israeli Military Strikes Hamas Post in Southern Gaza After Shots Fired at Soldiers

The shots were fired at a force patrolling near the southern part of the Strip, from an area near which protests take place every Friday

An Israeli tank manoeuvres along the border fence with the southern Gaza Strip, Israel, February 17, 2018
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Israeli Defense Forces attacked a Hamas outpost Tuesday in response to shots fired at soldiers near the Gaza border fence. The shots were fired at a force patrolling near the southern part of the Strip from an area near which protests take place every Friday.

The Israeli army reported no wounded in the incident. In response, tanks opened fire at a Hamas observation outpost.

The Palestinian Healthy Ministry reports no casualties in the strike.

On Sunday, the Israeli army said it destroyed a Hamas attack tunnel that originated in the Gaza Strip and crossed into Israeli territory. According to the information cleared for publication, the tunnel was several kilometers long and military intelligence services believe it was part of a wider tunnel network.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the tunnel was the "longest and deepest exposed so far," and cost Hamas millions of dollars. Liberman also addressed residents of Gaza Strip on Twitter, telling them Hamas was "drowning" their aid money in the sand.

"Citizens of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels going nowhere. We'll get our hands on all of them," his statement concluded.

On Friday, one Palestinian was killed and 233 were wouned by live israeli fire, said the Gaza Health Ministry, as more than 10,000 protested along the Israel-Gaza border, burning tires and Israeli flags. The protest was a part of the March of Return demonstrations taking place every Friday for three weeks thus far. The protests are set to culminate on May 15, on Nakba day. The U.S. embassy is set to be opened in Jerusalem on the same day.

34 Palestinians have been killed during this period, 27 of them in border demonstrations.