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Israeli forces killed three Palestinian terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Air Force struck a Hamas mortar crew near the Erez border crossing in northern Gaza on Monday, killing one and wounding four.

Separately, Israeli ground forces fired on a group of Palestinian gunmen nearby, killing two. The Palestinians’ affiliations were not immediately clear.

Israel displayed a giant, record-breaking national flag in the Negev Desert.

An Israeli flag the size of two football fields was unveiled near Masada on Monday as part of a campaign by the Ministry of Tourism ahead of next year’s 60th Independence Day.

The flag was donated by Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana, a pro-Zionist businesswoman from the Philippines. The tourism ministry said it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest flag.

“The Israeli flag is the Zionist symbol of independence of the people of Israel and the State of Israel, and I thank Sister Grace, who in this moving gesture is giving us the opportunity to take pride in our independence of 60 years,” Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said. “I hope that tourists from around the world will endeavor as Sister Grace is in advancing tourism between all peoples.”

The flag measures 2,200-by-300 feet and weighs 5.2 tons. It took a 48-person design team three weeks to manufacture.

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