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    Israeli Servicemen, Palestinian Militants Exchange Fire Near Gaza Borders - IDF

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    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked the positions of the Palestinian Hamas movement near the Gaza Strip border after being shelled, the IDF said Sunday.

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — The Israeli government has repeatedly accused Hamas, classified by the country as a terrorist group, of attacking Israel from the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which is surrounded by a security barrier, occupied after the 1967 war.

    "Last night, shots were fired at IDF forces near the security fence along the Gaza Strip. In response, IDF targeted a Hamas post," the IDF said on its Twitter account.

    Hamas, an Islamist political and militant group, seeks the creation of an independent state of Palestine and wants Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories. Hamas also governs the Gaza Strip independently of the Palestinian Authority.

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