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    IDF Tank Strikes Hamas Outpost in Gaza Strip After Ceasefire Reached

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    The incident follows a ceasefire agreement between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas on Friday after a series of clashes on the Gaza Strip border.

    According to an IDF spokesperson, a tank struck a Hamas outpost amid a reported breach of the border fence by a few men.

    On Saturday the Jerusalem Post outlet reported that Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease fire in the Gaza Strip after a day of cross-border clashes, that saw the IDF carry out strikes on more than 40 Hamas military targets.

    Ceasefire Agreement Amid Severe Clashes

    According to the IDF, during the operation earlier this week, the jets and tanks pounded Hamas' infrastructure, attacking almost 70 targets throughout the Gaza enclave, including a Hamas battalion headquarters in Khan Yunis. The militant group, in turn, responded by firing three rockets back at Israel.

    Addressing the issue, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the international community to intervene in order to quell the conflict.

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    The conflict’s re-ignition was caused by the death of an Israeli soldier, who had been shot by a sniper earlier on Friday. According to the IDF, he was the first soldier on active duty to be killed on the Gaza front since 2014.

    Hostilities between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border increased in late March, which marked the beginning of the Palestinian protest campaign against Israel, dubbed the Great March of Return.

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