Israel launches attacks in Gaza


Israel has carried out an air attack in Gaza and sent tanks into the Strip, after Palestinian militants killed an Israeli soldier.

Palestinian sources said there had been fighting near Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Israeli troops pulled back across the border several hours later.

It was the worst violence in Gaza since Israel’s offensive against Hamas ended with both sides declaring ceasefires.

Israel is also preventing aid convoys from entering the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli soldier on patrol in a vehicle was killed by an explosive device deliberately planted on Israel’s side of the border near the Kissufim crossing, prompting troops to open fire into Gaza.

The explosion was filmed by the militants, as was gun fire and a grenade blast. Three soldiers were injured in the attack.

Israeli troops fired into the Gaza Strip in retaliation, as a result of which Palestinian officials said a farmer was killed.



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