The Palestine Martyrs Brigades, one of the militant wings of Fatah, said Tuesday that its fighters managed to foil an attempt by a tank to invade the Block J area in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The fighters fired a mortar shell at the tank, causing it to burst into flames, according to a statement from the group.

Troops clashed with the resistance fighters at the scene while army vehicles evacuated the destroyed tank from the area, the statement added.