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Israel hits Gaza after its soldiers have come under attack

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JERUSALEM – The Israeli Armed Forces delivered a series of "large-scale" air strikes and deployed tanks against the Hamas military "The strikes took place after Israeli soldiers The Israeli military said they had been hit by a "serious gunshot" on Friday afternoon, saying they did not state the soldiers' condition

  Image: Palestinians react with bloody hands in front of a Hamas outpost near Israeli bombardment near Khan Yunis Palestinians react with bloody hands outside a Hamas outpost that was hit by Israeli bombing near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza on July 20, 2018. </span><span class= Said Khatib / AFP – Getty Images

" Hamas decided to escalate the security situation – and the consequences for its act The IDF said in a statement and later tweeted that its fighter planes had met 15 targets, including "weapons depots" and "equipment depots".

The Palestinian Ministry of Health told NBC News that three Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes, another was killed by sniper fire at the border fence. And at least 20 protesters were injured, the ministry said.

The strikes have sparked fears of another conflict in the region. The United Nations pleaded with all sides to "withdraw from the brink of war."