Palestinian medical sources reported that Five Palestinians were wounded on Tuesday evening, two seriously, after the Israeli army fired artillery shells into an area near Gaza city.Two of the wounded Palestinians are in a serious condition; the Israeli army claimed that Palestinian fighters fired an anti-tank rocket at soldiers operating near the border fence causing no injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that soldiers opened fire at the fighters wounding at least one of them.

Brigadier General Eyal Eisenberg held the Hamas movement responsible for the escalation and added that “Hamas controls Gaza and is responsible for anything that takes place there”.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinian protestors near the Erez terminal, north of Gaza; no injuries were reported.

The attack only comes three days after the army killed three Palestinian shepherds in northern Gaza.

In related news, a number of military vehicles invaded Juhr Ed Deek area in Gaza city and bulldozed farmlands.

The army also fired artillery shells at a trash-yard in Al Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city; damage was reported, no injuries.