Gaza Explosion : Two Palestinian militants killed

Gaza Explosion : Two Palestinian militants killed

Kerry Wise
December 14, 2017

Israel also arrested a number of senior Hamas members in the occupied West Bank overnight, including one of its leaders in the territory.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization accountable for this hostile act originating in the Gaza Strip", said the IDF following its response.

Israeli Air Force planes targeted a Hamas military base in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night after a rocket was sacked from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Undercover Israeli border police arrested three Palestinian protesters on Wednesday during what the military said was a violent disturbance between Ramallah and the Israeli settlement of Beit El. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson denied carrying out any such strike. -Gen. Ronen Manelis said, adding that "the tunnel project in the Gaza Strip has suffered a heavy blow".

After the explosion on Tuesday that killed the two militants, an Israeli military statement said: "Contrary to Palestinian reports. the IDF did not attack in the northern Gaza Strip".

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Thus far, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has announced the Erez and Kerem Shalom land crossings with Gaza will be closed Thursday (Dec. 14) in response to the attacks, which left at least four people injured. Yesterday, an army statement gave Israel's reply to the latest fire.

This is the second rocket firing from the Gaza Strip in a day.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza border are high following a week of rocket fire and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

It did not say where the rocket fell or report any casualties.