Fresh tensions between Israel, Gaza militants unlikely escalate into large-scale conflict

Israel retaliates

Al-Bozm said that ambassador al-Emadi was at the event till the end, but some "malicious media vehicles tried to portray the incident as an attack on al-Emadi and the Qatari role", stressing that Qatar enjoys everyone's gratitude for its continuous assistance to face the crises experienced by the people of the Gaza Strip.

This was the worst clashes between Israel and militants in Gaza since the end of the large-scale Israeli military offensive in 2014, analysts noted.

Trump's controversial announcement has undermined the likelihood of a reconciliation, and damaged the already fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The explosion occurred around 4 p.m. east of Khan Yunis and the southern Gaza Strip, when a patrol stopped along the border to remove a flag that had been placed at the fence a day earlier during a protest, one of many violent weekly riots.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced on Monday, 4 Adar, that among the targets hit by the air force during the night was "underground infrastructure", stating specifically he was referring to a Hamas terrorist tunnel in the area of the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

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Israeli war jets carried out a series of intensive airstrikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad posts, training facilities, weapons storehouses, and one tunnel that was going from Gaza into Israel.

Ibrahim, a specialist in Israeli affairs, said Israel now thinks its priority is dealing with the threat from the northern front, namely from Syria and Lebanon, ahead of Gaza.

The Gaza Strip, which has suffered a crippling Israeli-Egyptian air/land/sea blockade since 2007, has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world.

The past few days have seen increased tensions along the Israeli-Gaza border, with Israel conducting several airstrikes throughout the besieged territory, resulting in the death of two Palestinian teenagers.

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