Israeli strikes killed three Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip Wednesday after a soldier was injured by another flare-up of violence even though the ceasefire was negotiated between the United Nations.
The Israeli army declared the attacks on Gaza The Islamist ruler Hamas was in retaliation for the shots fired on their soldiers along the border on Wednesday.
The three men were killed in strikes east of Gaza City, said the Ministry of Health in Gaza] In a statement, the Hamas military wing welcomed them as their fighters from the Shejaiya Area in the northern Gaza Strip, saying they were killed during a strike at one of their observation points.
The Israeli army said it had carried out a missile strike against seven military targets of Hamas
"Recently, terrorists fired on (Israeli) soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip," it said in an army statement.
"In response, … the artillery targeted seven military posts in Gaza belonging to the terrorist organization of Hamas."
A Hamas spokesman said in a statement that the group would "not give up its duty, ours Defending and protecting the people and responding to aggression. "
-" False alarm "-
Shortly after the Israeli strikes, sirens were heard near the Israeli city of Ashkelon near Gaza ,
There was no immediate confirmation of a rocket fire from Gaza, which usually causes such sirens and the military said it was a "false alarm".
More sirens were reported later in the evening.
Israeli media reported that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had called an emergency meeting of army generals to discuss the situation  Wednesday's shootout was the second such sniper incident reported by Israel in days.
The Israeli military said, "A Palestinian sniper in Gaza fired IDF troops under the protection of 20 children sent to the border fence as bait."
On Friday, an Israeli soldier was shot dead on the border, causing a violent bomb attack in Gaza.
It was the first time that an Israeli soldier in or around Gaza was killed between a war in 2014 between Hamas and the Jewish state, sparking fears of a new round of confrontation.
The violence ended late Friday after Egypt and the United Nations negotiated a tense ceasefire.
Since then, the ceasefire has largely remained in existence, although young Palestinians have continued to attach explosive devices to dragons and balloons and attempt to drive them across the border.
The dragons have caused hundreds of fires in Israel in recent months, Israeli officials said. However, the number of firebombs since the truce has decreased.
Israeli politicians have demanded tougher measures against those launching dragons and balloons, and on Wednesday Israeli planes shot at a group of people preparing them
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
Tensions have risen since Palestinians began to protest at the Gaza border in late March. Since then, Israeli forces have shot and killed more than 150 people in clashes and demonstrations.
Israel has maintained a paralyzing blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007, which is necessary to isolate Hamas.
UN officials and human rights groups say it will collectively punish the two million inhabitants of the Strip and fuel poverty and radicalization.
Train in a tank during an exercise in Tzeelim Army Base on July 3, 2018, weeks before the army said it launched artillery attacks against seven Hamas military targets on July 25.
A rocket explodes in Gaza City during of the Israeli bombardment on July 20, 2018