Israel’s military on Monday said it would deploy more troops to Gaza following a surge in fighting in the Strip.
A statement from the military’s General Staff said 1,100 soldiers had been deployed to the region since the start of July, bringing the number of troops in the area to more than 2,000.
It did not say how many were deployed to Gaza.
A Hamas military spokesman, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Israeli forces were deploying to the Strip “for a clear mandate” and to protect its citizens and infrastructure.
The statement, by the group’s Gaza-based news agency Wafa, also accused Israel of using its control of the border with Egypt to “threaten and provoke” the movement of people and goods into the coastal enclave.
It accused Israel, Egypt and the United Nations of “direct and indirect” interference in the security of the Gaza strip.
“We are witnessing a continuous escalation of violence and terrorism in Gaza and the West Bank.
The security of our citizens and the infrastructure of the territory has been attacked,” it said.
The Israeli military has stepped up security measures in the region in the wake of the killing of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas militants.
The two teenagers, ages 15 and 17, were abducted on a Jerusalem street in January.
They were shot dead by Israeli forces and their bodies were later recovered from the rubble of their car, sparking a wave of protests and condemnation in Israel and the occupied West Bank, where the Hamas movement is active.