Palestinians arrested after crossing Gaza border into Israel

Clay Curtis
March 28, 2018

Circumstances related to the incident are being reviewed, and the incident has ended and normal routine has been restored, said the Israeli army.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has warned Israel against carrying out any acts of aggression against the Palestinian people, saying the response to such acts would be "immediate".

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip regularly try to cross into Israel.

The large-scale drill is seen as a warning to Israel not to "interfere" with the protests, especially in light of preparations by the IDF to prevent any Palestinian attempt to cross the border.

Israel's army on Tuesday detained three armed Palestinians who had crossed the border with the Gaza Strip in possession of knives and grenades, military officials said.

Several rockets were fired from Gaza at communities in southern Israel. When troops arrived they fled back into Gaza.

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Yesterday night, Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system was activated and sirens sounded near the border, but it later turned out these were false alarms.

The drill comes amid tensions on Gaza's border with Israel.

Abbas' government has called on Hamas to disarm and relinquish control of security in Gaza as a condition for Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks to proceed.

The IDF retaliated for the believed missile attack, striking two Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip using tank fire.

Most Palestinians have been split since Hamas seized Gaza in 2007, ousting forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who now governs just parts of the West Bank.

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