Israeli Army Fires at Hamas Targets After Explosive Charge Detonates Near Gaza Border

According to IDF, a military bulldozer was performing infrastructure work when it mounted the charge. No wounded or casualties have been reported

IDF soldiers near the Karni crossing
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on a Hamas outpost Wednesday after an explosive charge was detonated by a military bulldozer east of Shujaiyeh, near the Gaza border.

According to IDF, the tractor was performing infrastructure work near the Karni crossing when it mounted the charge. No wounded or casualties were reported. Following the incident, IDF fired at Hamas outposts east of the Zeitun neighborhood in Gaza City.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the army "holds Hamas responsible for everything that takes place in the Strip and will not allow the organization to turn the fence into a confrontation zone." The statement added that the charge was laid during protests over the weekend, which the army termed "the riots."

On Monday, IDF attacked a military compound belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, the attack was carried out in response to the attempted infiltration by Hamas with an improvised explosive device on Sunday.

Following last Friday's protests, IDF said on Sunday it will launch an inquiry into the conduct of troops in the recent incidents on the Gaza Strip border, in which several protesters were killed by sniper fire. The investigation is to be headed by Brig. Gen. Moti Baruch, head of the General Staff's Doctrine and Training Division.

The military has not yet decided how many of the deaths are to be probed, but it appears that the probe will center on incidents in which the casualties were civilians, including the death on Friday of Palestinian photographer Yaser Murtaja.