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Israeli forces fire towards 'Hamas post' after shots fired from Gaza

Dec. 19, 2016 2:14 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2017 11:45 A.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinians east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Monday.

Local sources told Ma’an that the shooting did not cause any injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that shots were fired at Israeli forces from the southern Gaza Strip, and that the Israeli army responded by firing at a “Hamas post” in the central Gaza Strip.

No injuries or damages were reported on the Israeli side.

The Israeli army has previously said it holds the Hamas movement -- the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip -- responsible for all attacks from the territory, although other Palestinian militant groups are active in the small coastal enclave.

Israeli forces often shoot at the “buffer zone,” which falls on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

The crippling blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah in control of the occupied West Bank.
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