01:12 GMT08 August 2020
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    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli tanks attacked the positions of Palestinian militants from Hamas movement in response to the detonation of several improvised explosive devices along the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday.

    "A short while ago, a number of explosive devices were detonated on the security fence along the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. In response, IDF tanks targeted Hamas posts. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all incidents of terrorism that happen under its jurisdiction," the IDF press service said on Twitter.

    ​On February 18, the IDF fired at 18 military targets of Hamas movement in response to the blast of an explosive device that left four Israeli servicemen injured.

    These incidents are part of the ongoing escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine caused by the recent decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Rocket launches from the Gaza Strip have also intensified following this decision.


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