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Hamas brigades claim attack on Israeli military in Gaza

Nov. 9, 2012 11:03 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 9:40 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Hamas says it detonated a roadside bomb targeting the Israeli military in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said the bomb, east of Khan Younis, was a response to Israeli incursions into Gaza and attacks on Palestinians, particularly the killing of a 13-year-old boy earlier Thursday.

An Israeli military spokesman said an "explosive tunnel" was detonated in the area lightly injuring a soldier and damaging a vacant army vehicle nearby. The army said in a statement that its forces were conducting "operational activity in the area" at the time.

Earlier Thursday, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed after a day of clashes in southern Gaza.

Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa died after Israeli forces targeted houses and farms east of Khan Younis, according to Ashraf al-Qidra, a health ministry spokesman in Gaza. Medics said the boy was hit by machine gun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks that took part in the incident.

On Thursday morning, the Popular Resistance Committees said its militants had engaged in a gun battle with an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer which had crossed over the border into the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said its forces came under fire and responded by firing at "suspicious locations".

"Terrorists opened fire at (Israeli) soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence," military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said.

Asked about the boy's death, she said: "I cannot confirm that we targeted anyone. We don't have any information at all."

Reuters contributed to this report.
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