The al-Quds Brigades told Ma’an News, on Tuesday, that their forces fought off Israeli military that entered the Gaza Strip at dawn. A statement by Islamic Jihad’s military wing claimed that fighters fired on Israeli forces with mortar shells, in an exchange that lasted for approximately 15 minutes, north of al-Qarara, near the city of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

Israeli troops were reportedly forced to withdraw to the Kisufim military base.