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12:00 AM, August 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, August 19, 2019

Israel troops kill three ‘armed’ Palestinians

The violence at Gaza border comes after 3 rockets fired at southern Israel

Israel said it opened fire on armed Palestinians on Gaza’s border overnight and Hamas’s health ministry reported three dead yesterday, the latest in a series of incidents along the tense barrier.

Israel’s tank and helicopter fire came after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at Israel late Saturday, the army said, the second such attack in 24 hours.

Two rockets were intercepted by Israel’s air defence systems, it said, without specifying what happened to the third. Police reported no casualties in Israel, but said a rocket fragment fell on a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

Hours later, Israel’s army said “troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip”. It added that an “attack helicopter and a tank fired towards them”.

The health ministry in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas reported three dead and said another Palestinian was hospitalised following the incident north of Beit Lahia.

A series of incidents along the Gaza border has tested a fragile truce between Hamas and Israel in recent days.

Regular protests and clashes erupted along the border of the blockaded Gaza Strip in March 2018. At least 305 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza or the border area since then.

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