Israeli troops fired on Palestinians near the Gaza Strip border, in an incident Hamas said left one dead and 25 injured, leading to accusations from both sides that a two-day-old cease-fire was breached.
The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is unlikely to end their conflict unless smuggling routes the militant group uses to re-arm itself are closed, a challenge that so far has stymied Israel and now puts new pressure on Egypt’s Islamist government.
Israeli ground forces are poised to invade the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost four years amid efforts by Egypt and Turkey to help end exchanges of fire that have killed 96 Palestinians and three Israelis.
Fifteen-year-old Ahmed al-Haytham ran a rubble-strewn gauntlet to reach the mosque in Gaza City’s Tuffah neighborhood where overnight Israeli missile fire had torn up the road from his father’s grocery store.
Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip today, killing the leader of Hamas’s military wing as the army pledged the use of ground troops for the first time since 2009 if required to end attacks on its citizens.