Two Palestinians were killed and five were injured during a reported Israeli airstrike on a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Gaza on Wednesday night, official Palestinian sources said.
However, Israeli media stated that the alleged tunnel attack came in the wake of four rockets being fired from the blockaded Palestinian territory towards the southern Israeli city of Eilat.
No casualties were reported in the incident.
ISIS claimed responsibility for firing several rockets on Eilat from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
In the recent months, Gaza border with Israel has been largely quiet, but on Monday a rocket launched from Gaza drew several Israeli strikes against Hamas targets.
Israeli forces launched various attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip injuring three Palestinians in response to a rocket that landed in an open area in the Ashkelon region of southern Israel on Monday morning.
Accordingly, the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern that Israel could be leading up to a wide-scale military offensive.
In the same context, the Egyptian army claimed on Wednesday to have destroyed six tunnels between Egypt and the besieged Gaza Strip in the span of two weeks earlier this year.
Moreover, al-Rifai has previously stated this year that the Egyptian forces had destroyed 12 tunnels during an unspecified time period at the end of 2016.
In fact, Egypt has destroyed nearly 2,000 smuggling tunnels that provided Gaza’s two million people with goods in the past few years.
2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed under a military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.