Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli fire kills four Palestinians as troops shot at on Gaza border

Israeli fire kills four Palestinians as troops shot at on Gaza border

Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier along the Gaza border on Friday, said the Israeli military, which launched dozens of strikes into Gaza that killed four Palestinians, including three Hamas fighters.

An army statement said shots were fired at troops during renewed protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier and "in response, (Israeli) aircraft and tanks targeted military targets throughout the Gaza Strip". More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests started on March 30.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the escalation on Hamas, the militant group that rules the Gaza Strip.

The flare up came amid fears of another round of conflict between Hamas and Israel, who have fought three wars since 2008.

An Israeli soldier has become the latest fatality in clashes on the country's border with Gaza.

In a Washington Post opinion piece on Thursday, top Trump administration officials demanded that Hamas end its reign of terror and the "nightmare" it has visited on Palestinians in Gaza.

On the Israeli side of the border, the authorities instructed residents to remain close to bomb shelters as they braced for retaliatory rocket fire from Gaza.

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A spokesman told AFP it was the first time an Israeli soldier had been killed in or around Gaza during operations since the last war in 2014.

Israel has been accused of using excessive force against Palestinian protesters, an allegation its leaders have denied.

At least four Palestinians were killed in later Israeli strikes, according to Palestinian medical officials. Later Friday night, rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel, and the military said it had detected at least three launches from Gaza, with two intercepted.

The UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, wrote on Twitter: "Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink".

Israel resumed air attacks on Gaza after last week's projectile attacks, warning that it would take whatever action necessary to stop incendiary kites and balloons being flown over the border.

Palestinians have now been protesting at the border for 17 weeks.

Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas's deputy chief in Gaza, said the kites would continue to fly.

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