Israel Shells Hamas Military Posts in Gaza After Explosives Thrown Over Fence

Hamas' 'nighttime unit' announced Saturday that it plans to ramp up its activities at the fence following the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli fire in protests Friday

Palestinian protesters hold incendiary ballons that will be released over Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 19, 2019.
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IDF tanks shelled Hamas military posts in Gaza on Sunday evening after explosive devices were thrown and incendiary balloons were launched across the border throughout the evening, the military said.

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On Saturday, the Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas outposts in the southern Gaza Strip after several charges were hurled over the border fence, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said.

Rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol Regional Council an hour before the strike as a result of the explosives being thrown. No casualties or damage was reported.

The Gaza Health Ministry said four were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces along the border on Saturday, one of whom was in critical condition.

Earlier Saturday, the Israeli army said it struck cells that launched incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Strip. 

Also Saturday, Hamas' so-called ''nighttime unit'' in the Gaza Strip announced that it will extend its activity along the border between the coastal enclave and Israel after two Palestinians were killed by live Israeli fire during the weekly demonstration on Friday. 

Members of the unit arrive at the fence area every night, where they carry out loud demonstrations and hurl firebombs as a means to frighten and deter Israelis living in nearby communities as well as Israel Defense Forces troops stationed in the area.