Israeli Army Reported to have Moved Tanks into Gaza Strip Settlement
The Israeli army reinforced a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip with more than a dozen military vehicles, including tanks, early Wednesday, witnesses said.
They said they saw some 15 military vehicles, including several tanks, enter the Kfar Darom Jewish settlement in the central Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army, however, denied the report.
Since last month, Palestinians have accused the Israeli army of "provoking" them by arming Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with anti-riot gear and reinforcing the perimeters of the settlements with military vehicles, machine guns and sand bags.
The Israeli army has confirmed that it is building up the defenses of the settlements, fearing they could come under siege if violence erupts should the two sides failed to reach a peace agreement by a self-imposed September 13th deadline.
On July 13th, the Palestinian security services reported having sent letters of complaint to the Israeli army about the arms buildup at the settlements in the Gaza Strip -- KFAR DAROM, Gaza Strip (AFP)
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