Israeli jets strike Gaza after Palestinians plant bombs on fence

Israeli occupation forces said that it attacked a military compound belonging to Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning.

The Israeli military on Sunday said it located two improvised explosive devices next to the Gaza-Israel border, which it said were planted by three militants seen penetrating the perimeter fence earlier in the day. The Palestinians fled back to Gaza when the tank fired.

The incident occurred in the wake of a string of infiltration attempts and attacks on the border fence under the auspices of the Hamas-led "March of Return" weekly rioting campaign.

Hamas is actively recruiting Gazans to breach the border with promises to pay financial compensation to the families of those whose family members were injured or killed in the demonstrations against Israel.

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The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts on Friday to breach the border fence - and that it used live fire to do so in some instances - as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke from the protests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that unless he gets full control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, including the group's weapons, he will "not be responsible for what goes on" there.

Hamas seized Gaza from forces loyal to Abbas in 2007.

Israel has kept the Strip under a blockade for more than a decade, while Gaza's border with Egypt has also remained largely closed in recent years.

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