The Israeli army fired artillery shells after midnight Sunday at a resistance site in the northern Gaza Strip in response to alleged shooting at border troops. According to the Hebrew website 0404.
An Israeli military force near the security fence in northern Gaza came under gunfire from Gaza. Soon after that, the Israeli responded by opening artillery fire at a training post belonging to al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas.
Witnesses said two large explosions were heard in the area during the early hours of Sunday morning, after two Israeli artillery shells landed near an al-Qassam Brigades — the armed wing of the Hamas movement — site in the town.
No injuries or civilian property damage were reported.
Local sources affirmed that two tank projectiles landed near a Hamas-owned site northeast of Beit Lahiya. Last week, the Israeli army had claimed that some of its border soldiers came under similar attack from Gaza.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli artillery forces fired at a Hamas site near the border in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to fire coming from the location that was being directed at Israeli troops across the border.
According to the spokesperson’s accounts, the shelling took place on Saturday night.
The shelling came two weeks after the Israeli army fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun that left at least five Palestinians injured, after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside the southern Israeli city of Sderot, with no injuries or damage reported by the Israeli army.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed in a statement at the time that both the Israeli air force and artillery tanks targeted two alleged Hamas posts in northern Gaza, where they said the rocket was fired from.
On July 1, Israeli forces launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian political factions in the besieged coastal enclave in response to a rocket fire that landed in Sderot.
In May, a Palestinian woman was killed during several consecutive days of sustained airstrikes and tank shelling from Israeli forces, allegedly in response to cross-border mortar shelling and a rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip.