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Israeli forces open fire at training site in central Gaza

Nov. 2, 2017 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2017 3:42 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire on a training site in the central Gaza Strip twice on Thursday, according to local sources.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces targeted a “resistance site” two times throughout the day in the eastern area of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, located in the central Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Tensions along the Gaza border with Israel have remained high since Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian fighters and injured 12 more in a tunnel explosion earlier this week.

Following the attack on the tunnel, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, released a statement saying that “the blood of the martyrs would not be wasted, and that the Israeli occupation bears responsibility for the consequences of this aggressive escalation.”

Israeli officials have accused Hamas of "preparing" for another war with Israel and have threatened retaliatory measures against the Gaza Strip as a whole. However, despite Hamas' inflammatory rhetoric against Israel, the movement has not officially claimed responsibility for any military action from Gaza against Israel since the 2014 war.

The majority of the two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to the continuation of the military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

The destruction from three Israeli offensives since 2008, including damage to the enclave’s water, sanitation, energy, and medical facilities, coupled with slow reconstruction due to the blockade, led the UN to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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