One day after the Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip, Israeli tanks and armored vehicles surrounded Beit Hanoun, in
the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed farmlands and
hothouses in the area.

The invasion was carried out under aerial coverage by Israeli war-jets and helicopters; soldiers closed the main road linking Beit Hanoun with the rest of the Palestinian areas and completely isolated it.

Meanwhile, under-cover forces of the Israeli army occupied several houses in the western area of the town and used them as military posts and monitoring towers.

Also, soldiers shelled an area near the Agricultural College in Beit Hanoun apparently targeting resistance fighters, no injuries were reported.

The Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for firing two homemade shells at the Israeli Negev town of Sderot on Monday at nigh.

The brigades said that the shelling came after the army killed eight Palestinians in Beit Hanoun and injured at least thirty others on Monday.

The brigades also said that its fighters fired mortar shells at a military bulldozer, and a Yassin homemade shell at a house that was occupied by under-cover forces of the Israeli army.