Israeli Army Attacks Hamas Position in Gaza After Gunfire at Soldiers

Tank fire was in response to gunshots near border fence. In northern Israel IDF checks whether gunshots heard near Metulla was deliberate cross-border fire.

An IDF attack in Gaza earlier this month, January 2017.
Eliyahu Hershkovits

An IDF tank attacked and destroyed a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, the IDF spokesperson said.

A statement said the attack was launched in response to gunfire earlier at IDF forces in the southern part of Gaza.

Gunshots were also heard in the Metulla area along the northern border with Lebanon, and forces were scrambled to the area. The IDF is checking whether the gunshots were fired intentionally at the IDF from Lebanon.

Last week the IDF attacked a Hamas position in southern Gaza, in response to shooting at an IDF force working near the border fence. The IDF spokesperson said there were no IDF casualties in the shooting, but a military vehicle was damaged.

Reports in Gaza said the position that came under attack belonged to a Hamas force that was supposed to be preventing gunfire at Israel.