Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Israeli raids kill 2 Hamas activists in northern Gaza

Israeli raids kill 2 Hamas activists in northern Gaza

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.

According to Israel's Channel Two, following the incident, Hamas issued a statement saying, "There will be dire consequences, the occupation should not sleep quietly - the resistance can not allow the occupation to attack our positions without paying a price". The IDF said it launched the strike in response to fire coming from the Gaza Strip.

The incident comes as the United Nations and Egypt continue to try to broker a deal for a lasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

Israel killed two Hamas fighters following shooting attacks on its soldiers, spurring threats of revenge from the terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip.

The military released footage that it said was of the incident.

The two Palestinians killed were members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

In turn, earlier, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Israel for actions in Gaza.

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

Since Palestinian protests and clashes along the Gaza border erupted at the end of March, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

Al-Aydi was one of four minors who died of gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during protests on the the Gaza border.

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