The Israeli army carried out early on Thursday a small-scale incursion into the southern Gaza Strip of Rafah.
Witnesses in Rafah told news agencies that the Israeli army tanks fired several cannons towards the Shuka village in eastern Rafah city, with no injuries reported.

The Palestinian resistance groups encountered the tanks with mortar shells, forcing them to roll back, added the witnesses.

Meanwhile, the national resistance brigades ad the aL-Aqsa martyrs brigades, claimed responsibility for firing two mortar shells against Israeli tanks to the east of Maghazi town, in central Gaza.

A joint statement, faxed to press, read that the shelling of the Israeli armored vehicles came in response to the continued Israeli attacks on the coastal region.