Islamic Jihad also issued a warning, saying: “Every aggression against the Palestinian people will be followed by a response from the resistance.”
In recent days, tensions have been rising between Israeli troops and Gaza militants.
On Thursday, an Israeli soldier was wounded near the border east of Khan Yunis when explosives packed into a tunnel were detonated in an attack claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.
Several hours earlier, a 13-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by gunfire from an Israeli helicopter in the same area, medics and witnesses said, while on Tuesday, three Israeli soldiers were wounded in an another explosion in the same area.
In December 2008, just six weeks shy of general elections, Israel launched a huge operation in Gaza that cost the lives of 1,400 Palestinians — half of them civilians — and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers.