Israeli army clashes with Palestinian gunmen in Gaza, two arrested

Published September 14th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT

Israeli forces on Sunday morning exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen, east of the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and detained two men, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinians who tried to cross the border fence into Israel, then opened fire at Palestinians near the fence. 

Witnesses said Israeli troops were the first to open fire at Palestinian gunmen near the border.
 
Palestinian gunmen who were in the area fired back at the Israeli troops, according to witnesses.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that "two suspects breached the security fence," adding that Israeli forces then "fired warning shots into the air, and the suspects were taken in for further questioning."

The spokesperson did not comment on whether fire was exchanged between the Gazans and Israeli forces outside of the alleged "warning shots."
 
No injuries were reported.
 
Witnesses said Israeli military helicopters hovered over the border area.
 
Earlier this month a Palestinian man from Gaza breached the Israeli border by sea.
 
An Israeli army spokesperson said at the time that Israeli soldiers fired warning shots and ordered the man to halt. When he "did not comply," the spokesperson said that forces fired "at his lower extremities" and a hit was confirmed.
 
Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian fisherman and farmers since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip.

In July alone, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights counted 27 incidents of shootings, incursions into the territory, and arrests.
 
This included 18 shootings on land and at sea that left nine Palestinians injured, PCHR reported.
 
The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to both the sea and the border region near the "security buffer zone."

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