Israeli forces detain three Palestinians in Gaza

IDF soldiers detained three Palestinians on Thursday, after the army said it was arresting a group of 20 Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on a military base.

The group included five children, said an army statement.

The three were arrested in the central city of Rafah, it said.

The Gaza Strip has been under heavy Israeli bombardment since November and is currently being pounded by Israel with hundreds of missiles and artillery shells.

The three were being questioned by the military’s intelligence unit.

They were released without charge.

They will be interrogated in connection with a rocket launched at the military base in the northern city of Khan Younis on Thursday.

In a separate incident on Thursday evening, at least nine people were killed and another 35 injured in a series of attacks by Hamas militants on a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

In another incident, three Palestinian children were killed in the Israeli military’s attack on an armored personnel carrier in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The Israeli army said the attack killed an eight-year-old and an 11-year old, while injuring nine others.

The latest violence was the deadliest since the Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted in 2014.

Israel and Hamas have been battling for the last year.

Hamas has been fighting Israel since 2007, when it seized control of the Gaza Strip after the Israeli army ousted the PA from power.

Since the start of the current conflict, more than 700 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,000 wounded, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel launched a ground offensive in Gaza in July and targeted Hamas-run tunnels in an attempt to destroy them.

It has killed hundreds of Hamas fighters and has since then been carrying out airstrikes on the Gaza strip.

Israel accuses Hamas of building tunnels to carry out attacks.