ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Palestinians enter Gaza border zone and set fire to truck before running back

No injuries reported in the incident; military says the arsonists never crossed into Israel, stayed on Gazan side of barrier

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Three Palestinian men entered the Gaza border region on Wednesday and threw a Molotov cocktail at an empty Israeli truck that was parked there, setting it on fire, before running back, according to Palestinian media reports and the Israeli military.

There were no reports of Israeli injuries in the incident.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the suspects approached the border and two of them cut through an old fence to enter into a buffer zone that is controlled by Israel but is still on the Gaza side of the barrier.

Inside the buffer zone, the two suspects went up to an empty truck that was being used for maintenance at the border and set it on fire, the military said. The truck was not an IDF vehicle but belonged to a civilian contractor who was working for the military.

After throwing the Molotov cocktail at the truck, the trio ran back into the Gaza Strip, the military said, noting that the three never crossed the recently completed border barrier.

Video footage of the arson attack that was shared on social media showed thick black smoke pouring out of the vehicle, which was apparently heavily damaged by the fire.

The irregular border incident came amid a relative lull in violence between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the Strip.

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