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IDF shells Hamas position in Gaza after troops come under fire

Tank strikes terrorist group’s post in southern Strip; no injuries reported among Israeli soldiers

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative. An IDF Merkava tank operating along the Gaza border on August 6, 2014 (Miriam Alster/ Flash 90)
Illustrative. An IDF Merkava tank operating along the Gaza border on August 6, 2014 (Miriam Alster/ Flash 90)

An IDF tank destroyed a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night after Israeli troops came under fire near the border, the army said.

No Israeli troops were injured in the exchange.

The soldiers were involved in “routine activities” near the security fence when the shots were fired at them, the army said.

In response, an Israeli tank shelled the Hamas post, the IDF said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the gunfire.

This was the second such incident in as many week.

On Sunday, an Israeli tank also shelled a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip, after a military bulldozer was attacked near the security fence.

According to Hamas’s interior ministry, the shelled post, which was destroyed, was located in the town of al-Fukhari, east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

And last month, an IDF tank shelled a Hamas position in the Strip after another case of troops coming under fire while carrying out routine maintenance near the border fence. Sources close to the Hamas-run interior ministry said the tanks targeted an observation tower near the Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

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