The Israeli army troops invaded into the eastern Gaza neighborhood of Alshijaiya early on Sunday morning, as a number of tanks rolled into the vicinity of the Sufa commercial crossing in southern Gaza Strip.

The Al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the ruling Hamas party, claimed responsibility for firing back at a column of Israeli tanks near the Sufa commercial crossing to the southeastern parts of Gaza Strip.

In a statement, faxed to press, the brigades confirmed that at least eight mortar shells have been fired at invading Israeli forces near the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the Saraya Alquds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, fired on Sunday a homemade shell onto the Israeli town of Sderot in southern Israel.

Also, the popular resistance committees shelled the Nahal Auz Israeli fuel terminal in eastern Gaza with an 80-mm mortar.

Other resistance factions in Gaza declared as well firing homemade shells onto nearby Israeli targets.

The latest rounds of fire between Palestinians and the Israeli army in Gaza came after Palestinian factions returned from Cairo last week, with no progress in hand in terms of Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks, after Israel insisted on having a captured Israeli soldier released before any deal is forged.