Hamas militants killed, 1 Israeli soldier wounded in Gaza exchanges

Charlene Craig
July 28, 2018

Israel says the demonstrations are a cover for Hamas attacks aimed at Israeli border communities. The third victim was lightly injured.

Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently.

The army said "rioters hurled large rocks and firebombs and rolled burning tyres at (Israeli) troops", who fired tear gas in return.

"The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements", Mr Lieberman said.

Mohammad Tareq statement about intending to kill Jews one hour before the attack
Mohammad Tareq statement about intending to kill Jews one hour before the attack

It says troops will be sent to nearby Kubar village, where the 17-year-old Palestinian attacker is reported to have lived.

Some 300 Palestinians - a lot of them assailants, Israel says - have also been killed in that period, according to news agencies.

The army added it was "reinforcing the defence" of Adam and other settlements.

Palestinian demonstrators gather during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip July 27, 2018.

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Attacks against Israelis in the West Bank are supported by many Palestinians as pushing back against settlement growth.

According to Israeli authorities, Yousef climbed over the security fence of the West Bank settlement of Adam sometime before 9 p.m. Thursday.

"The continued Israeli attacks against occupied Jerusalem al-Quds will increase tensions and will drag the region into a religious war that we have long warned against", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's office said in a statement.

Israeli artillery strikes on Gaza on Wednesday have left three Palestinians dead, the besieged enclave's health ministry told AFP.

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A spokesman for the Hamas militant group, which rules the Gaza Strip, said the three were members of the Islamist organization's armed forces.

The attack came after a period of relative calm in the West Bank, although there has been recurrent violence between the Israeli army and Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip in which at least 154 Palestinians have been killed since late March.

'The West Bank is ready and able to avenge the blood of the martyrs, ' it said.

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