Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

Palestinians fire shells at troops on Gaza border; IDF retaliates

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

A number of mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at nearby Israeli troops, and in response Israeli tanks and aircraft targeted four Hamas positions in northern Gaza, the army said.

There were no Israeli injuries reported.

The exchange came exactly one month after Israeli forces destroyed an attack tunnel belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, in which at least 14 terrorists were killed, including two of the organization’s top commanders.

An army official said the mortar barrage appeared to be a retaliation for the demoltion of the tunnel, which stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Kissufim.