Violence on the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas attacked a group of Israeli soldiers who were conducting an operation in the Gaza Strip. When the dust settled, one Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians, including a commander of Hamas’ military arm, were dead. Hamas accused Israel of assassinating the commander; a former Israeli general said more likely he died in a firefight after a botched intelligence gathering operation. Whatever the case, the incident cut short a visit to Paris by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been criticized at home for allowing Qatar to pay the salaries of Palestinian civil servants, per the terms of an Egypt-brokered truce. Israel Defense Forces have pledged to deploy more soldiers and additional Iron Dome missile batteries to the Gaza border. The situation is stable for now, so it’s unclear whether it was a momentary flare-up or the beginning of the end of the most recent truce.
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