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Israeli forces penetrate southern Gaza Strip

April 15, 2008 9:23 A.M. (Updated: April 15, 2008 9:23 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces penetrated the town of Al-Qarara in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning accompanied by bulldozers.

Local sources said that clashes erupted in the area between the invading Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance fighters. No casualties have been reported.

The invading Israeli forces exceeded the border fence into the Gaza Strip by 1,200 meters. They occupied five Palestinian homes as well as Al-Ma'arry school near Kissufim and stationed themselves there.

Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed that their fighters detonated a land mine near an Israeli military vehicle in the area.

Earlier, the Al-Qassam Brigades claimed they launched three rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) at Israeli vehicles.

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