Palestinian factions delay Gaza handover to Fatah

Mortar Shells From Gaza Fired at IDF Forces; Israel Strikes Four Hamas Targets

He said Islamic Jihad was behind the mortars but that Israel held Hamas responsible for any attacks emanating from Gaza.

The Israeli military twice on Thursday struck targets in Gaza after Israelis working on the border fence came under mortar fire, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Also on Wednesday, in another sign of tension ahead of the deadline, PA employees were prevented by union delegates close to Hamas from returning to work at a number of ministries in the Gaza Strip.

Several mortar shells were fired at an Israeli military outpost near the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday causing material damage without causing any injuries, according to Israeli media. Four of these positions were in northern Gaza and the other two were in northeastern Gaza.

They added that the air force also fired four missiles into an area, south of Gaza city, wounding three Palestinians, before they were rushed to the Shifa Medical, center.




The army later said in a telephone briefing that the false alarms were caused by gunfire, and were checking if they were intentionally set off.

Conricus said the mortars probably were fired in retaliation for Israel's destruction of an attack tunnel that snaked from Gaza into Israel that the Islamic Jihad militant group was building.

No group has claimed responsibility for the alleged rocket attack, while Palestinian officials have yet to comment on the army's assertions. That attack killed at least 14 terrorists, including two of the organization's top commanders.

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since seizing it in 2007 in a near civil war with Fatah, leaving Palestinians with two separate administrations. Occasional exchanges of fire continue to occur along the border.

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