Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Israeli tanks cross Gaza border

Published today (updated) 01/08/2012 14:13
An Israeli tank withdraws from northern Gaza near Kubbutz Mefalsim.
(MaanImages/Moti Milrod, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles made a limited incursion across the borders east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, witnesses said Wednesday.

Two tanks and a bulldozer crossed the borders reaching as far as 300 meters in the Palestinian territory, onlookers told Ma'an.

Gunshots and blasts were heard as the vehicles entered the area.

There were no reports of injury.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said an anti-missile protection system on a tank near the border "was activated for reasons that are currently being investigated."

She said the system, which deploys automatically, might have been triggered by an anti-tank missile and, if so, "the IDF regards the incident seriously and will respond".

Meanwhile a Palestinian man was killed and two others were injured when a car exploded in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa neighborhood before dawn, an official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of the ministry of health in the Hamas-run government in Gaza, said 22-year-old Ayman al-Sharafa sustained deadly wounds in the incident and was pronounced dead later.

Hamas' military wing mourned al-Sharafa's death, which its website described as accidental.

The al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement saying it mourned al-Sharafa's death and vowed "to continue the resistance against the belligerent occupation forces."
Maan News Agency