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3 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Tank Fire


Mourners carry a casket containing the body of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant, who was killed in Israeli tank shelling, during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip, May 27, 2018.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says three Palestinians were killed Sunday by Israeli tank fire in the southern Gaza Strip.

The militant group Islamic Jihad claimed the three as members.

Israel's military confirmed the strike, saying the tank fire came after its troops detonated an explosive device that had been placed near the border fence.

Israel said in a statement: "The charge was placed last night near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip in attempt to harm forces operating in the area and was neutralized this morning by IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] troops."

The defense forces tweeted "No injuries to IDF soldiers were reported. In response, an IDF tank targeted a military observation post in the southern Gaza Strip."

At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass protests and clashes broke out in March.