Last night night, a special forces unit traveled entered Gaza  At some point during the operation, the troops clashed with local Hamas fighters, killing a senior commander and five other members of the Gaza-ruling terrorist group. The seventh Palestinian killed in the clashes was a member of the Nasser Salahdin Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, Hamas said in a statement

The Israeli military admitted that they carried out a planned military operation in the Gaza Strip that resulted in the shootout with the Palestinians.

“The action was for intelligence purposes, not for an assassination or a kidnapping. It was planned despite the efforts to reach a ceasefire arrangement,” IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said told Army Radio.

“IDF troops that operated last night in the Gaza Strip became trapped in a highly complex situation. The soldiers acted heroically, hit those who threatened them and extracted themselves to Israeli territory,” Manelis said in a statement.

This morning, Palestinian media shared photos of the bombed vehicle allegedly used by the Israeli special forces unit inside Gaza. 

An Israeli Lieutenant Commander was killed and another IDF soldier was injured during the attack.

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Long-standing tensions between Israel and Palestine escalated in late March, after Palestinians launched protest rallies at the Gaza border. The disturbances on the Israeli-Gaza border have been caused by continued shelling and the launch of arson balloons by Hamas militants into Israeli territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas with “very powerful blows” if attacks from the Gaza Strip and violence on the border continue.