Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

The IDF said Thursday evening that Israelis living north of the Gaza Strip can return to their normal lives after a series of strikes in Gaza. The reconciliation agreement stipulates they have until February to find a solution for the employees in Gaza, which could include merging the two civil services.

Israel blamed Islamic Jihad for the mortar fire.

The exchange came exactly one month after Israeli forces destroyed an attack tunnel belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, in which at least 14 terrorists were killed, including two of the organization's top commanders.

No injuries were reported on either side of the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel.

"Hamas and Fatah are asking Egypt to postpone the transfer of the government roles from Dec.1 to Dec.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.

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Three people received light injures as a result of Israel's targeting of a site in the besieged Gaza Strip on 30 November 2017.

"The attack was carried out in response to high-trajectory fire at an Israel Defense Forces post at the northern end of Gaza", the army said in a statement.

The Israeli army claimed that fighters of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, fired 10 to 12 mortar shells into an army base, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, and that the army "retaliated to the mortar fire". "The occupation bears responsibility", he said.

Israel has been developing technology to detect and destroy tunnels since its 2014 war with Hamas, when the group's members used underground warrens to launch attacks and defend themselves from airstrikes.

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