Hamas demanded four Italian nationals carrying automatic rifles be handed over to them after the four refused to comply with a Hamas roadblock on Monday.
Since Monday Hamas forces are laying siege to an UNRWA building in Gaza due to the presence of four Italians there.The four refused to halt at a Hamas roadblock and drove away on Monday, which led Hamas forces to chase them.
The four are reported to carry firearms and despite UNWRA confirming they are Italians Hamas is reportedly concerned they might be Israelis using Italian passports.
Gazans report that IAF drones are circling the city and Israeli jets had been seen flying above in the past two days.
Later Reports from Gaza said that Hamas confirmed the three Italians held up in a UN building are in fact employees of the Italian consulate in Jerusalem and are being released.
Hamas security services became suspicious of a car carrying 3 Italians who happened to be in an area where gunfire took place on Monday — Eventually the car & men were found to have nothing to do with the shooting.