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    Israeli Merkava tanks roll near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip as they return from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave on August 5, 2014

    Israeli Military Strikes Hamas Outpost in Northern Gaza Strip - IDF

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    Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Escalate Amid Gaza Violence (126)

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attack comes as retaliation for strikes targeting the military, according to the army's spokesman.

    No casualties have been reported after the Israeli military responded to recent attacks targeting its positions with retaliatory tank fire at a Hamas outpost in the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF spokesperson's unit reported.

    Israel views Hamas as a terrorist group and blames the movement for inciting violence in the Gaza border region, as well as using protests to stage attacks against the Israeli military.

    READ MORE: Israeli Defense Minister Calls Hamas ‘Cannibals’ Responsible for Gaza Clashes

    A six-week protest campaign, dubbed the Great March of Return and organized by Hamas, began on March 30. According to Hamas, Palestinians are peacefully demanding their right to return to territories they claim were illegally seized by Israel, while Israeli authorities say that Palestinians can settle only in Gaza and the West Bank.

    The ongoing Palestinian protests have been aggravated by the official opening of the US Embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem, which led to deadly clashes between the demonstrators and the Israeli forces.

    Trump made the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017. That same month, a UN resolution requiring countries not to establish diplomatic missions in the contested city of Jerusalem gained the support of 128 countries, including Russia, China and most of the US's European allies. Washington moved ahead with its decision anyway. Speaking at the embassy transfer ceremony on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the move "historic."

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