Bomb explodes next to IDF troops near Gaza

No injuries, but vehicle damaged; army returns fire

Illustrative photo of IDF patrol vehicles (Gili Yaari/Flash90/File)
Illustrative photo of IDF patrol vehicles (Gili Yaari/Flash90/File)

An explosive device detonated near IDF troops operating next to the border fence with Gaza Wednesday morning, damaging a vehicle but causing no injuries.

The army said an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while performing a “routine mission” near the southern strip.

A number of mortars were also fired at IDF positions in the area, according to the Ynet news site.

There were no injuries in either incident.

The military responded with fire toward “suspicious positions,” the army said in a statement.

On Monday, Israeli forces shot a Gazan man, 20, moderately injuring him. The army said the man was acting suspiciously, but Palestinian witnesses told the Ma’an news agency he was collecting rocks to make concrete.

Tensions along the border with Gaza have remained mostly quiet over the last several weeks, even as the West Bank has become unsettled following the death of two Palestinian teens during clashes with Israeli forces on Thursday.

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