Israel detains armed Palestinians who breached Gaza border

Hamas is planning a mass protest on the Israel-Gaza border on Friday and urging Gaza residents to gather near the fence and march toward Israeli positions with the intent of crossing into the Jewish state.

Three Arabs armed with knives and hand grenades entered Israel on Tuesday morning from the Gaza Strip and were arrested near the IDF Tse'elim base, about some 12 miles inside Israel.

A Palestinian woman warms herself by a fire inside her house on a winter day, in the northern Gaza Strip January 31, 2018.

"We don't know who sent them and what their goal was", an army spokeswoman told AFP.

AN Israeli tank struck two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip late yesterday after bullets were fired from the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli army said.

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It was the second night in a row that Israel had struck the coastal territory. -Gen. Ronen Manelis told reporters.

"All of the alarms were triggered by machine gun fire in Gaza".

In a further demonstration that it exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, Hamas, the terrorist organization that governs there, says it mobilized 30,000 of its members for military drills on Sunday and Monday, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Last month there was a surge in cross-border violence, seen as among the most serious since Israel and Hamas fought a war in 2014 - their third since 2008.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

  • Megan Austin