Hamas Mounts Large-Scale Military Exercise, Demonstrating Its Complete Control Over Gaza

An Israeli tank near the border with Syria

A Reuters reporter said explosions could be seen in the dark skies over southern Israel near the Gaza Strip.

According to Bardawil, the "Land Day", on March 30, comes in response to the US President Donald Trump's plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday detained three Palestinians who slipped across the border with the Gaza Strip in possession of knives and grenades, officials said, as tensions rise along the volatile frontier.

Hamas has set up tents near the Gaza Strip border fence in preparation for Friday's "march of the million", in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are expected to march to the fence.

There, they attempted to torch heavy equipment used for work on the frontier barrier, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

Commenting on Tuesday's incident, MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid) said that the incident was "a serious breach of security".

But the Israeli army later confirmed no rockets had been fired into Israel.

"Following reports of sirens sounding in southern Israel, unusual machine gun fire towards Israel was identified".

"Hamas is at a low point, suffering severe civilian and infrastructure crises", Major General Herzl Halevi said at a conference.

"Hamas must understand such conduct will only make its situation worse".

The Iron Dome is created to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4km to 70km.

Earlier, Israeli media had reported that Iron Dome had intercepted a number of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli tank has fired on 2 Hamas positions in Gaza after bullets were fired from the positions.

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