GAZA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Clashes between Israeli
forces and Palestinian militants took place Thursday morning in southern Gaza
strip, Palestinian sources said.
Israeli ground forces rolled in for tens of meters, sparking heavy exchange of
fire with Palestinian militants from different factions," witnesses told Xinhua.
Militants from Saraya al-Quds, the armed wing of the
Islamic Jihad, fired up to six mortar shells at the force, the group said in a
statement sent to media.
There has been no report of casualties.
The Israeli army has escalated its operations along
the border fence between the Gaza Strip and its territories, saying the
incursions were preventive, aiming at stopping possible Palestinian attacks.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army arrested eight
Palestinians from different areas in the West Bank, Palestinian local sources
Israeli sources said that the detainees were wanted
and they were taken for interrogation.
Though Israel and the Palestinian Authority maintain
security agreements, the Israeli army raids the West Bank neighborhoods almost
on daily basis.