Two bombs explode near IDF patrol on Gaza border

No injuries or damage reported in blast near Nahal Oz; incident second of its kind in the past week

An IDF armored vehicle near the Gaza Strip. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
An IDF armored vehicle near the Gaza Strip. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Two explosive charges detonated near an IDF patrol operating adjacent to the Gaza border Monday morning, causing no injuries or damage.

During routine activity along the border, the IDF squad encountered the two roadside bombs near Kibbutz Nahal Oz and the nearby now-defunct Karni Crossing, outside the northern Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media reports. The IDF would not confirm the exact location of the explosions.

According to Israel Radio, IDF troops scanned the areas near the blast for additional explosives and cleared the area to prevent future ambushes.

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A similar incident took place Friday, when an IED exploded near an IDF patrol traveling along the Gaza border fence. No soldiers were injured in Friday’s incident.

Aside from isolated rocket fire attributed to rogue Islamist groups, the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has largely been calm since the ceasefire that ended last November’s Operation Pillar of Defense.

Earlier in August the IDF launched an airstrike on Gaza in response to rockets fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The air force targeted concealed rocket launchers in the strike and direct hits were confirmed, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

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