Local sources reported that the Israeli army invaded the city of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza strip on Monday midday.

A group of Israeli military vehicles accompanied by two bulldozers invaded the city. Israeli troops shot intensive gunfire randomly at civilians and their homes. No casualties have been reported at this time.

This is the first time the Israeli army has invaded the city since Egypt mediated a truce between Israel and Palestinian fractions two months ago.

The truce stipulated that Israel would open the border crossings around Gaza in exchange for Hamas curtailing home-made rocket fire from the strip.

So far Israel has not lifted the 2-year-old seige on Gaza. Israel has repeatedly denied that they are keeping supplies from reaching the local population. Recently attempts have been made to break the seige by sea as a group of internationals set sail from Cyprus to deliver supplies to Gazans. The mission also serves the dual purpose of proving whether or not the Israeli army is deliberately witholding medical and food aid from reaching Gazans.

Since the truce came into effect more than 200 civilians have died in Gaza due to deteriorating medical conditions while Israel continues to withold permits for patients to leave the strip to seek treatment.