On July 25, a Palestinian sniper shot a soldier of the Israeli military in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said on Twitter that the soldier was moderately injured in the shooting attack and evacuated to the hospital for further medical treatment.
The Israeli military held the Hamas Movement responsible for the shooting attack. Minutes later, the Israeli artillery shelled seven positions of the Palestinian group throughout the Gaza Strip.
صور استهداف الاحتلال مرصداً للمقاومة شرق غزة قبل قليل pic.twitter.com/flhC7d6jgM
— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) July 25, 2018
In an official statement, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, acknowledged that three of its fighters “Ahmad al-Bassus,” “Obada Farawnah” and “Mohamad al-Arair” were killed as a result of the Israeli shelling. The armed group added that this Israeli attack “shall not pass without a punishment.”
Following the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ statement, rocket sirens were heard in several Israeli settlements around the Gaza Strip. However, Israeli media has not reported any hits or interceptions so far.
The Israeli-Palestinian tension will likely escalate in the upcoming hours, especially that this is the second shooting attack on the Israeli military this week. On July 20, an Israeli soldier was killed in a similar incident.