Hamas Vows 'Dire Consequences' for Israel, Amid Latest Gaza Border Flare-Up

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

Two ships which had sailed from Europe to break the illegal siege on Gaza were captured by Israel last week.

The Israeli army said the two Palestinians "opened fire at Israeli soldiers", and published a video of the two fighters reportedly firing at soldiers, while Hamas said the allegation has no basis, as the fighters were training, and firing fixed targets.

However, Israeli media reported that an Israeli force came under fire near the borderline in northern Gaza.

Two Palestinians, belonging to Islamic Hamas movement, were killed on Tuesday by Israeli artillery fire in northern Gaza Strip, according to Hamas's military wing, al-Qassam Brigades.

The military released footage that it said was of the incident. United Nations and Egyptian-led efforts are under way to mediate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas that would end a four-month upsurge of violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces - most during weekly protests at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

Israel has called the demonstrations an intentional provocation, claiming Hamas is paying civilians to take part in them, making the militant organization responsible for the bloodshed.

On August 5th, the day before the report was published, 17-year-old Ahmad Jihad Ahmad al-Aydi from Gaza succumbed to wounds he had sustained on the first day of Great March of Return protests on March 30th.

It added that no Israeli troops were injured in the exchange.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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