Last IDF Troops Leave Gaza Strip

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) pulled its remaining troops out of the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning, though a sizable number are deployed on the Israeli side of the border to respond to violations of the cease-fire.

While the IDF planned to withdraw all troops prior to the US presidential inauguration on Tuesday, two shooting attacks by Palestinian gunmen and a mortar shell barrage fired at Israel on Tuesday delayed the pullout.

The IAF (Israel Air Force) destroyed the mortar launchers used in the attack.

"We will not tolerate attacks and will not be restrained as we used to be," one Israel official said.

Meanwhile, the IDF reported that the large number of landmines, booby-traps and other explosive devices planted by Hamas throughout Gaza are a serious threat to residents.

Two Arab children were killed Tuesday after reportedly playing with a landmine.

The IDF liaison office and Shin Bet (General Security Agency) officials said Hamas gunmen are continuing to pilfer humanitarian aid and attack UNRWA truck drivers delivering food and supplies to Gaza residents.

Shin Bet also reported that since the cease-fire went into effect, Hamas has been torturing and executing dozens of Fatah-affiliated Palestinians in Gaza.

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