Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

Randolph Lopez
February 18, 2018

The discovery or detonation of improvised explosive devices along the Gaza border is rare, according to the Jerusalem Post, with the most recent being two discovered in March.

"There was no rocket fire shot towards Israeli territory", the IDF spokesperson said of the sirens heard hours after one rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in the community of Sha'ar Hanegev, causing significant damage but no injuries.

"We hold Hamas responsible for all aggression from Gaza", Conricus added.

An explosive device was detonated Saturday afternoon in the southern Gaza Strip near IDF soldiers who were patrolling the Israeli side of the border fence.

The IDF retaliated by firing tank shells at a Hamas watchtower.

Earlier on Saturday night, a rocket was sacked from Gaza and hit a home in one of the communities in the Shaar Hanegev area.

On February 10, more than 50 Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli forces, which used live ammunition to suppress the 10th "Friday of Rage" rally. "We will respond appropriately", Netanyahu stated regarding the attack, followed by the IDF retaliatory strikes.

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But he insisted that "from our point of view Hamas is responsible" and said the explosive had been planted during a protest arranged by the group on Friday.

The Israeli army responds automatically to any strikes on its territory, generally targeting Hamas facilities.

Ashraf al-Qedra, the Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that two Palestinians were injured in an Israeli tank shelling on eastern Rafah town in southern Gaza.

Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in a statement said they had fired at the Israeli jets overhead.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been running high since December, when US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, a senior USA administration official told AFP on Friday.

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