Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

Kerry Wise
December 1, 2017

Palestinian Arab terror teens from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) fire a mortar shell during a military graduation ceremony in Rafah in southern Gaza.

Israel has been constructing a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, aiming to complete the $1.1 billion project by mid-2019.

They added that the air force also fired four missiles into an area, south of Gaza city, wounding three Palestinians, before they were rushed to the Shifa Medical, center. At least three rounds of airstrikes had taken place by dusk, the Reuters witness said.

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to delay the final transfer of power over the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority government by 10 days to December 10 to allow time to "complete arrangements", officials said.

The train service between the Israeli town of Sderot close the Gaza border and Ashkelon to the north was briefly suspended but resumed later in the evening.

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Following the mortar fire, Israeli jets targeted four military sites belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Conricus said.

"Hamas and Fatah are asking Egypt to postpone the transfer of the government roles from December 1 to December 10 in order to finalise arrangements to ensure the completion of national reconciliation steps", said a statement from Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has demanded that Abbas lift sanctions he has imposed on Gaza such as slashing salaries of Palestinian Authority-hired public servants and limiting electricity imported from Israel for Gaza.

Earlier on Wednesday, Fatah's top negotiator, Azzam Al Ahmad, said that Hamas was "not committed to the agreement it signed in Cairo".