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IDF says it arrested two Palestinians who planted bomb on Gaza border

Two men are taken for questioning after being identified near the security barrier

Illustrative: An Israeli tank takes position on the Israel-Gaza border. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Illustrative: An Israeli tank takes position on the Israel-Gaza border. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

IDF troops arrested two Palestinians on the Gaza border Friday night, after they were seen planting a bomb near the security barrier, the military said.

The two were identified attempting to cross the barrier and then planting the bomb, which exploded a short time later, the military said.

Soldiers who arrived at the scene arrested the two and took them in for questioning.

The Gaza border has been relatively quiet recently. Israel and the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza, have fought four wars since 2008, the most recent in May of this year. Hamas has demanded the easing of the blockade as part of an informal ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Israel has lifted some restrictions since the end of the 11-day war while warning that any broader easing depends on continued calm.

The sides are holding talks about maintaining the calm through Egyptian mediators.

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