Israeli tank shelling killed three members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and wounded a third in the Gaza Strip Sunday, medical officials said, after weeks of border protests that have drawn lethal Israeli army fire.
Israel's military confirmed that it targeted an observation post, deeming the attack retaliation for a bomb that had been placed next to the border fence overnight. The bomb was detonated by occupation army engineers, causing no casualties, the Israeli military said on Twitter.
Hostilities over the Gaza frontier have soared since Palestinians began mass demonstrations 30 March, which Israel deems cover for attempts to breach the border fence.
At least 113 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by Israeli occupation army gunfire in the protests, drawing foreign censure.
There have been no Israeli casualties along the Gaza frontier, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland on its side of the border from firebomb-bearing kites flown from Gaza.