According to Hebrew media reports, the current escalation is related to the approaching deadline for the transfer of a $25 million Qatari grant to Hamas.
Israel Defense Forces troops thwarted a terrorist attack late Sunday night after identifying a Palestinian attempting to throw a Molotov cocktail at the Rachel’s Tomb compound outside Bethlehem, igniting another series of clashes between the IDF and Hamas.
IDF tanks also attacked Hamas observation posts in Gaza in response to massive rock-throwing and an additional dispatch of incendiary balloons flown into Israel, Channel 12 reported.
The IDF struck several Hamas targets in Gaza early on Sunday morning after shrapnel from the downing of a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, according to the military. A 58-year-old Israeli man was lightly wounded in the incident, according to first responders.
An Egyptian delegation was expected to arrive in Gaza on Sunday night to defuse the situation, according to Channel 12, which attributes the current escalation in the south to the approach of the September deadline for the transfer of a $25 million grant from Qatar to Hamas.
Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, who has been in Qatar for the past few months, is pressuring Doha to renew the grant and transfer the money as scheduled, but so far with no success.
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