Hamas militants say seize Israeli drone in southern Gaza

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Israel is "very close" to launching a military campaign in the Gaza Strip in which the leaders of the terrorist organizations in Gaza will be "wiped out" and their forces "destroyed", Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Sunday. The reasons are now being investigated.

Israeli sources said the attacks hit Hamas naval facilities on the Mediterranean and two military compounds run by the group in central Gaza. This prompted a stronger response from Israel, which struck Hamas and Jihad targets.

The rockets were fired hours after two Palestinian teens were reported killed in Friday clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops on the Gaza border. "According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the protest quickly turned violent and a large number of explosive devices, grenades and firebomb" were hurled at the security barrier in the direction of Israeli forces.

The situation began to deteriorate on Friday, when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated on the Gaza side of the border with Israel. The truce was negotiated by Egyptian and United Nations officials with aid from Qatar to end several severe flare-ups of violence in recent months. It said it "holds Hamas responsible for all that transpires in the Gaza Strip and emanates from it".

They also said that Hamas was in possession of the drone. There were no reports of casualties in Gaza, but the unrest on the frontier continued throughout the day as four Palestinians infiltrated Israel and were apprehended by the army. Israel says any such return would mean its end as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as cover for attacks.

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