Israel launches drone strike on Hamas posts in eastern Gaza in response to bomb attacks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-12 02:33:28|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GAZA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Israeli army's combat drones attacked on Friday evening two Hamas lookout military posts in the eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, said eyewitnesses and medical sources in Gaza.

The two sites were destroyed and no injuries have been reported, said Hamas security sources.

The drone attack came just after Hamas threw around 17 homemade bombs at Israeli soldiers stationed on the border between eastern Gaza and Israel in the afternoon, an Israeli military spokesman was quoted by media as saying.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian woman was killed and 25 others injured by live gunshots during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers on the border between eastern Gaza and Israel, medics said.

In a press statement, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra identified the killed Palestinian women as 43-year-old Amal Taramsi from Gaza City.

A number of protesters were injured by Israeli live gunshots, rubber bullets and tear gas, according to eyewitnesses and medics.

The protest was part of the weekly anti-Israel rally which started on March 30, 2018, and has so far killed at least 240 Palestinian demonstrators and wounded 25,000 others.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Friday afternoon in the eastern Gaza Strip, waving Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israel slogans, eyewitnesses said.

A number of burning balloons were released from eastern Gaza into southern Israel, according to Israeli media reports and eyewitnesses.

A day earlier, a senior Egyptian security intelligence delegation arrived in Gaza in a bid to ease tension between Gaza and Israel.

The delegation, which left Gaza to the West Bank in the afternoon, informed leaders of Hamas and other factions that Israel is committed to the cease-fire that Egypt and the UN brokered with Hamas last November.

The activists had since stopped firing burning balloons into Israel and kept the weekly protests on a low profile. However, they threatened to resume the attacks after Israel refused to transfer the third installment of fund offered by Qatar to Gaza to pay the salaries of Hamas civil employees.