Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians near the Gaza Strip's heavily guarded perimeter fence after armed "terrorists" were spotted trying to "infiltrate" the country, officials said Sunday.
Israeli troops also injured seriously a fourth man near a perimeter fence, the Gaza health ministry reported Sunday.
In a tweet on Sunday that included a 30-second video, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) wrote: "Last night, our soldiers watching Israel's security barrier with #Gaza identify this terrorist squad armed with rifles who are trying to break into # Israel. "
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The IDF stated that the video showed three "terrorists" near a security fence with at least one carrying rifle.
A helicopter and a tank fired at "armed suspects" overnight, according to the Israeli military.
After quiet weeks, Palestinian fighters are attempting to launch a series of attacks over the weekend. ,
On Saturday, the IDF tweeted: "3 rockets were fired from #Gaza in # Israel, 2 were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. This is the second consecutive night rockets have been fired from Gaza by Israeli civilians. "
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The day before, the IDF tweeted," A Gaza rocket fired.
Tweets continued: "We have just reacted with strikes on Hamas underground infrastructure in Gaza. Israel's Purpose: Terror. "
There are no reports of rocket injuries sustained by Palestinian fighters. In response, Israel strikes at Hamas; no one was notified.
Israel has held Hamas responsible for the attacks coming from Gaza, which the Islamic militant group has been ruling for the past 12 years.
Hamas said the latest attacks were perpetrated by people frustrated by the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed on the territory in 2007.
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"Murders of young people on the border of the Gaza Strip are continued" , to the West Bank and Jerusalem, "said Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem.
" This is related to the state of anger and pressure that Palestinian people suffer. "