Blast targets IDF patrol on Gaza border

Blast targets IDF patrol on Gaza border

No injuries reported; at least one Palestinian wounded by Israeli gunfire in subsequent firefight

An explosive device targeting an Israeli army patrol exploded Wednesday along the border with the southern Gaza Strip, the military said, with soldiers returning fire into the Strip.

No injuries or damage were reported on the Israeli side. Palestinian sources said at least one Palestinian farmer was shot and injured.

The exchange took place near the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 20-year-old man suffered moderate injuries to the leg and hand.

Israeli reports, however, said three Hamas fighters were injured in the firefight with Israeli troops.

Residents of nearby Israeli communities were urged to exercise caution following the incident.

Wednesday’s incident was the second cross-border exchange with Gaza this week.

On Sunday night, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel. Hours later, Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip. The IDF said it targeted two Hamas military posts in northern and central Gaza. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

The IDF said it holds Hamas rulers responsible for any attacks emanating from the Strip.

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