Hamas: We have full control of Gaza border – Israeli military


The Israeli military early on Tuesday said it had retaken
full control of the border with Gaza.


This occurred after Hamas militants breached defences at the
weekend and went on a rampage through nearby communities, leaving hundreds of
Israelis dead.


Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces
(IDF), said no militant had entered from the Gaza Strip since Monday night but
that there could still be some Palestinian attackers on the move inside Israel.


Hecht said the bodies of 1,500 militants had been found in
Israeli territory so far and that hundreds of other attackers had been


He, however, cautioned that the exchanges of fire that had
taken place in areas along the border since Hamas’ surprise multi-pronged
assault on Israel on Saturday have still continued, NAN reports.


Clashes have taken place in recent hours in the communities
of Sa’ad and Kissufim in the Negev desert, near the Gaza Strip.


Israel has meanwhile continued its relentless retaliatory
airstrikes on the territory.


Since Saturday, some 900 people have been killed in Israel
by Hamas fighters, and more than 2,600 others injured, according to the Israeli
Health Ministry.


According to the Health Ministry, Massive Israeli
counter-attacks have killed at least 687 people and injured more than 3,800 in
the Gaza Strip.


Israel called up about 300,000 reservists on Monday ahead of
a potential ground invasion of the densely populated Palestinian enclave.


“We are now concentrating on our offensive in Gaza,’’ Hecht
said, adding that the military has set up what it describes as ’’infrastructure
for future operations.”


“What Hamas will face will be harsh and terrible,’’ Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said early on Monday evening. “We are only at
the beginning.’’


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