A Palestinian security source reported, on Monday at night, that Israeli tanks based along the northern borders of the Gaza Strip fired at least ten tank shells at Palestinian targets, in the Bedouin village, no injuries were reported.

The source stated that the shells were fired at open areas while military apaches were flying over the area, which raised fears of additional escalation.
 
Also, an explosive charge detonated near the home of Salem Thabit, one of the members of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the military wing of Fateh movement.   
 
The Brigades held Israel responsible for the blast and warned the army of targeting him or any other resistance fighter.
 
Earlier on Monday at dawn, an explosion was heard in Tal Al Zaatar, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported.
 
Meanwhile, an Israeli military source reported that several Qassam homemade shells where fired at an Israeli settlement close to the southern borders of the Gaza Strip.
 
The source stated that the army did not respond until a mortar shell was fired on Monday evening at a settlement which belongs to Sha’ar Hanegev settlement council; army estimates that the shell was fired from Gaza.
 
An Israeli security source said that the army believes that the firing of the shells is connected with the internal elections at the Fateh movement, “The army will evaluate how and when to respond”, the source added.   
 
The army said that the Israeli security is “not interested in escalating the situation before the Palestinian Legislative elections slated for January 20, 2005.
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