Gaza City, Sept 12: Clashes broke out between Israeli troops and armed Palestinian gunmen as Israeli tanks rolled into the eastern side of Gaza city early today, Palestinian
security sources and witnesses said.
The shooting occurred as the tanks moved more than 600 metres into the Ishi Jayia and al-Muntara districts, which lie in the city's eastern half, they said.
There were no reports of injuries in the clashes.
Four tanks and an Israeli bulldozer also staged a brief incursion into the al-Mughazi refugee camp, south of the city, where they demolished two houses, Palestinian security sources said.
After destroying the houses the troops pulled out.
Local residents said that one of the houses belonged to a member of the radical Hamas group, but Palestinian security sources could not confirm the information. It was not clear
who the second house belonged to.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that troops were operating both in the east of Gaza City and in the al-Mughazi refugee camp, but said that she could not release further details until the operation had ended.