In the night of Monday, March 26, there were no reports about new attacks at the border of the Gaza strip. Press service of the IDF confirmed that Israeli tanks released late in the evening several shells at targets in Northern Gaza in response to machine-gun fire, carried out by militants from the Gaza.
The Israeli military claimed that the causes triggering sirens «tsewang hell» are checked.
Earlier it was reported that sirens warning of rocket attacks sounded in dozens of settlements of Israel. It was assumed that in the direction of Sderot and Ashkelon were released dozens of missiles. Were involved in the missile defense system «Iron dome.» Later, however, the IDF has not confirmed the fact of rocket attacks on Israeli territory.
Press Secretary of «Izaddina brigades of al-kasama» (the military wing of Hamas) Abu Ubayda announced that «Iron dome» mistakenly responded to the rocket launches from inside the Gaza strip, which was carried out in the framework of the exercise, reports the Palestinian Safa news Agency.
«The Palestinian information center» belonging to Hamas, notifies that the IDF fired at least five shells at targets in Northern Gaza, two militant positions in the area of Beit Lahiya, three in the direction of the command post in the city. It is alleged that substantial damage was not caused, no injuries.
On March 25-26 for the first time «Izaddina brigades of al-kasama» was carried out in the Gaza strip large-scale military exercises called «Steadfastness and challenge». In a statement, the brigades has been said that we are talking about routine exercise. Copying the same message of the press service of the IDF, Hamas warned that during exercises can be heard shooting and explosions in the area of exercise will be noticeable is the high concentration of military equipment. In addition, the militants used models of Israeli tanks «Merkava». As part of these exercises was carried out missile tests in the sea.
Hamas conducted an exercise, despite the fact that last night the IDF air force launched a missile attack on training base «the Martyrs of Rafah» in the South of the Gaza strip. The attack was carried out in response to attempted sabotage at the border.
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