GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said.
Witnesses told Ma'an that seven Israeli military vehicles entered 200 meters into a border area near Khan Younis and destroyed agricultural land, including trees.
Border incursions are frequently reported by local residents.
Tensions are high in the Gaza Strip following an Israeli airstrike on Tuesday which killed Haitham al-Mishal, 25, in Gaza City. A medical official in Gaza said al-Mishal was a security guard at al-Shifa hospital, while Israel reported that he was a "a global Jihad-affiliated terrorist."
The al-Ansar Brigades says it fired five rockets at Israeli targets on Tuesday in response to the killing.
IOF incursion in southern Gaza
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KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in armored vehicles escorted eight military bulldozers that advanced into eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, at dawn Wednesday.
Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF troops advanced 150 meters and reached the outskirts of Khuza’a town and bulldozed and combed the area.
They said that the bulldozing reached villages east of Khan Younis city amidst heavy shooting at citizens’ houses and lands.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation authorities decided to partially open the Karm Abu Salem terminal, the sole commercial crossing for Gaza, on Wednesday after five days of closure.
Raed Fattuh, the head of the committee for the entry of goods into Gaza, said in a press statement that the partial opening of the crossing would allow entry of around 190 trucks loaded with foodstuffs, fodder, and international aid.
He said that limited quantities of cooking gas would be also allowed today.