Israel beefs up forces near Gaza as tensions rise

July 04, 2014 - 4:52:02 am
Israeli military bulldozers are seen near the Israeli border with northern Gaza Strip yesterday.

JERUSALEM: Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against Hamas targets there yesterday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.

Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after the discovery of the body of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy on Wednesday in a forest near the city.

Abu Khudair’s body underwent an autopsy yesterday and his burial is set for today.

Police clashed with a few dozen stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Arab neighbourhood Shuafat. Six people were arrested.

The military said Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had fired more than 40 projectiles into Israel yesterday. Israel launched air strikes against at least three Hamas training facilities in Gaza. Fifteen people had been injured.Reuters

 

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