TEHRAN (Press Shia) – An Israeli army tank fired Tuesday on an outpost belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to what it said was a number of fires set by Palestinians who crossed from Gaza into occupied territories in the early morning hours, local media reports said.
According to the Israeli army, a group of about ten Palestinians approached the border fence near Rafah and managed to cut through the fence and reach an outpost set up for Israeli snipers due to recent border protests dubbed “the Great March of Return”.
The outpost was empty at the time and the Palestinians managed to set it on fire. Afterwards, they returned to Gaza.
The army claimed they were aware of the event as it was happening, however, it is unclear why the army would permit them to cross and damage the outpost. This is not the first time Palestinians have successfully crossed the border.
Meanwhile, Palestinians opened fire on Israeli cars in the West Bank early Tuesday. No one was hurt in the incident, which took place near Ramallah.
A manhunt is currently underway in search of the shooters, the Israeli army said.
Last Monday, tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near Israel's border fence to protest a blockade of their territory and the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds that day.
The Gaza Health Ministry said over 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 others injured, including 1,360 by live fire.
It was the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.
On Saturday, two Palestinians who had been injured in the demonstrations died of their wounds, according to the ministry, bringing the death toll of the protests against the US embassy move to al-Quds (Jerusalem) and marking Nakba Day to 64.
US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 that his administration would begin the process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Quds.
After months of global outcry, the US opened its embassy in Quds in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli regime officials on May 14.