Security Officials Question How Gaza Terrorists Made It 12 Miles Into Israel

Israel's army on Tuesday detained three armed Palestinians who had crossed the border with the Gaza Strip in possession of knives and grenades, military officials said.

The detentions come as Israel braces for the annual Palestinian Land Day protests, commemorating the killing of six unarmed Arab protesters in Israel in 1976, set to begin on Friday in Gaza and the West Bank.

"Hamas is running into the arms of Iran and exploiting civilians by sending them to the (security fence that divides Gaza and Israel)", he said.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the "buffer zone", which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have always been a near-daily occurrence.

There were no immediate reports on the possible casualties from the attack.

The Israeli military bombed a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip early Sunday morning after four Palestinians broke through the border fence on Saturday and attempted to torch a military engineering vehicle.

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Commenting on Tuesday's incident, MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid) said that the incident was "a serious breach of security".

Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system was mistakenly activated late Sunday night, when automatic gunfire in Gaza inadvertently triggered a barrage of missile interceptors into the skies above southern Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

"Hamas is at a low point, suffering severe civilian and infrastructure crises", Major General Herzl Halevi said at a conference.

The army said it was investigating why the systems turned on, but said "unusual machine gun fire towards Israel was identified".

The military fired tank shells at targets in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli media also reported.