Israel's armed forces appear to have breached the terms of the truce with Hamas in Gaza which brought an end to November's massive offensive against Palestinian civilians. Under heavy drone cover, Israeli tanks entered the Gaza Strip on Monday, near the city of Rafah in the south of the enclave.
Witnesses said that three Israeli Merkava tanks and six armoured bulldozers entered the eastern areas about 100m inside the city boundary. A large lorry loaded with iron boxes followed the bulldozers.
Palestinian security sources believe that the latest Israeli incursion is intended to establish a new Israeli observation post or fortify an existing one. Similar Israeli moves took place several days ago.