Israeli tanks enter Gaza


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tanks rolled into southern Gaza.

Palestinian gunmen fired rockets and mortars at the tanks when they entered the strip Tuesday. The tanks did not return fire, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.

Israel Defense Forces officials told Ha’aretz that the tanks were conducting a routine operation to discover explosives near the border fence. Palestinians said the tanks destroyed farmlands near the border.

Israel closed the border crossings again Tuesday after allowing in 33 truckloads of supplies Monday. It was the first time in two weeks that supplies had been permitted through the border crossings between Israel and Gaza. 

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