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IDF tanks shooting at Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip

This report was filed from New York prior to the start of the holy Sabbath.

Israel Defense Forces shelled a Hamas position in Gaza on Friday after terrorists breached the border with Israel under cover of violence taking place at the security fence.

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“A number of suspects infiltrated Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, hurled firebombs and an explosive device in the border fence area and then returned into the Gaza Strip. In response, an IDF tank targeted a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip,” the IDF spokesperson said.

Some 8,000 Gazans rioted at five different points along the Gaza border, hurling firebombs (Molotov cocktails), rocks and live fireworks at IDF soldiers, “attempting to sabotage security infrastructure,” the IDF spokesperson said.

Forces responded to the violence with standard mob dispersal methods and when circumstances dictated, live fire “in accordance with appropriate rules of engagement,” the IDF spokesperson added.

Arab sources reported one Gazan was killed and 20 others were wounded in the violence.

Hamas terrorists still managed to start at least 26 fires on Israeli territory on Friday, in farmland, parks and forests located in the Gaza Belt region, via the arson terror kites and incendiary balloons launches from the other side of the border.

This report was filed from New York prior to the start of the holy Sabbath.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.