Islamic Hamas movement, which rules Gaza, on Wednesday accused Israel of disabling the Palestinian dialogue, due to start in Cairo in Nov. 10, by killing six Palestinians in central Gaza Strip.
Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, made the accusation in a statement after six militants of Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades were killed overnight and on Wednesday morning by Israeli gunfire and warplanes air strikes on central and southern Gaza Strip.
Barhoum said in the statement that the Israeli crime of killing six people and the incursion into central Gaza "aims at disabling the national Palestinian dialogue due to be launch in Cairo soon."
Hamas security sources noted that on Tuesday night, an Israeli army force stormed an area east of the central Gaza Strip town of Deir el-Ballah. Heavy clashes erupted between Israeli soldiers and Hamas militants.
"This aggression shows that Israel is not interested in the truce and still insists to continue it against the Palestinians. It is obvious that this aggression aims at poisoning the atmosphere before the dialogue starts," said Barhoum.
On Nov. 10, Egypt is hosting a wider national Palestinian dialogue to reach a reconciliation among Palestinian factions to end the political split between Hamas and Fatah.
It is the first armed confrontations between the Israeli army and Gaza militants since a truce was reached between Gaza militants and Israel, which was brokered by Egypt and came into effect on June 19.
Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing said in separate leaflets that its militants fired dozens of mortars and homemade rockets at Israeli army bases and Jewish communities closed to the borders with the Gaza Strip.
We will never keep quite on any Israeli occupation violation and will "confront any aggression on our people and on our militants," said the armed group.