Israeli forces shelled what they alleged to be a Hamas military post located east of the al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, on Tuesday morning.
Witnesses told Maâan News Agency that the shelling came after several Palestinian youth managed to cross the Israeli border fence and burn Israeli military tents.
Israeli forces stationed in military towers along the border reportedly opened fire at several points east of al-Bureij.
No injuries were reported, and the youth were said to have crossed back into the Gaza Strip, unharmed.
Israeli news website Ynet quoted the Israeli army spokesperson as saying, âThe army had attacked the Hamas post after a number of terrorists who had crossed the border torched a military post.â
Ynet added that âthe rules of engagement on the Gaza border have been stepped up in the past month and forces are permitted to open fire at Palestinians trying to vandalize military infrastructures near the fence, even if those Palestinians are unarmed.â
According to a Sunday report from the Ministry of Health in Gaza, 112 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return began on March 30.
More than 13,000 people have been injured, largely with live ammunition, as they protested along the Israeli-imposed military fence in eastern Gaza, demanding their right to return to their homelands, in what is now present day Israel.
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