Israeli Troops Leave Hamas-Run Territory after Violent Clashes
Violent Clashes in Hamas-Run Territory
Today Israeli troops have left the Gaza strip region after fierce gun battles with Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled territory.
An Israeli spokesman said troops had to use bulldozers to take down infrastructures set up by militants.
The region has been in conflict over proposed construction of Jewish settlements and by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right wing party backing refusal to listen to President Obama and put a freeze on the plans.
Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants were killed after Israeli troops found an explosive device planted on a fence near a border.
A string of rocket attacks have been launched by Hamas in the last 2 weeks, since conflict over the land dispute was revamped.
Since Friday, Egyptian police have also begun a crackdown on borders, and have arrested Gaza pipeline smugglers.
Ready to repair relations?
President Obama and his administration have been attempting to repair relations with Israel, and to move ahead with proposed peace talks with Palestinians.
It has been suggested that nearly half of Israelis support a freeze on Jewish settlement construction, and there has been increasing diplomatic pressure placed on Netanyahyu.
In a joint statement issued from the European Union, the United Nations and Russia and the US, increasing pressure to stop settlement construction bore down on the Israeli prime minister in the most tense conflict with the US in decades. The statement called for close monitoring of Israel and said that this was a diplomatic crisis of the highest order.
Israel's government responded coldly and curtly to the call for freezing.
Israel and Egypt sealed their borders with Gaza in 2007 after Hamas militants took over the coastal territory in bloody street battles with the more moderate Palestinian Fatah party.
Since then, Gaza's Hamas rulers have depended on the smuggling of cash and goods to keep their government afloat.
Egypt is building an underground barrier of metal sheets along its border with Gaza in an attempt to block the tunnels used to smuggle weapons, contraband goods and cash into Gaza