Israel strikes Gaza; Hamas says no causalities

Smoke rises in Gaza after Israeli carried out air strikes

Smoke rises in Gaza after Israeli carried out air strikes

Earlier, quoting sources in Gaza, Palestinian media claimed that Hamas had spotted the drone and downed it.

Confirming that one of their drones had been lost, Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in a statement: "Last night, a small drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip".

In a statement, the forces said the drone fell in the southern Gaza Strip in Rafah area, adding the incident was being investigated.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border, September 6, 2019. The Israeli strikes late Saturday came after two days of cross-border exchanges of fire in which two Palestinian teenagers were killed.

Local news sites reported that an Israeli "quad-copter" drone had been targeted. The Israel Defence Forces said approximately 6,200 Palestinians participated in what the army called "especially violent" protests. No weapons were found in the Palestinian's possession, and they were transferred the the Shin Bet Security Agency for further questioning. There were no reports of casualties in Gaza, but the unrest on the frontier continued throughout the day as four Palestinians infiltrated Israel and were apprehended by the army. This prompted a stronger response from Israel, which struck Hamas and Jihad targets. Israel says any such return would mean its end as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as cover for attacks.

Hamas declared Israel would "bear the consequences of this crime", according to public broadcaster Kan.

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