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August 7, 2018 11:51 am

Hamas Vows ‘Dire Consequences’ for Israel, Amid Latest Gaza Border Flare-Up

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip as it seen from the Israeli side of the border, May 29, 2018. Photo: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90.

Hamas threatened “dire consequences” for Israel following an IDF retaliatory strike against a Hamas position on Tuesday.

An IDF tank destroyed a Hamas watchtower after shots were fired at Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border. Two Palestinians were reportedly killed in the strike.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, following the incident, Hamas issued a statement saying, “There will be dire consequences, the occupation should not sleep quietly — the resistance cannot allow the occupation to attack our positions without paying a price.”

The two terrorists killed were identified as Ahmed Marjan and Abed al-Hafez al-Silawi, both snipers in Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. At their funeral, the mourners chanted, “We swear their blood will not be spilled in vain.”

The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the incident was “expected to destroy Egypt and the UN’s efforts to achieve a long-term ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas.

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