GAZA–Israeli tank shelling killed two members of the Palestinian insurgent group Islamic Jihad and wounded a third in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical officials said, after weeks of border protests that have drawn lethal army fire.
Israel’s military confirmed that it targeted an observation post, calling the attack retaliation for a bomb that had been placed next to the border fence overnight. The bomb was detonated by army engineers, causing no casualties, the military said on Twitter.
Hostilities over the Gaza frontier have soared since Palestinians began mass-demonstrations on March 30, which Israel deems cover for attempts to breach the border fence.
At least 113 Palestinians, many of whom have been identified as members of Islamic terrorist groups, have been killed and thousands hurt by army gunfire in the protests.
There have been no Israeli casualties along the Gaza frontier, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland on its side of the border from firebomb-bearing kites flown over from Gaza.
Gaza is under the control of Hamas, an extremist Sunni-Islamic insurgent and political hostile to Israel. Islamic Jihad operates with a measure of independence from Hamas.
In Israel, the military announced the death on Saturday of a soldier who was severely injured during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Thursday when Palestinians dropped a stone slab on his head from a building. Hundreds attended his funeral in Jerusalem on Sunday.