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Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

Israeli war jets struck Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening in response to an earlier roadside bombing targeting an Israeli army vehicle, local sources said.

Palestinian officials said the Israeli attacks included air strikes against three Hamas training camps and a fourth belonging to a smaller militant group, causing no injuries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident "severe" and vowed to "respond accordingly".

According to reports in Gaza, shots were fired at a Hamas compound east of the southern city of Khan Yunis.

A bomb was detonated against an IDF force operating along the Gaza border on Shabbos afternoon.

The IDF also warned Hamas that it was "responsible for the event and its consequences and for everything that occurs in the Gaza Strip above and below ground".

In response, the IDF used a tank to target an observation post in the area.

It was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled blockaded enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014.

Hamas has blamed the "Israeli occupation for the escalation in the Gaza Strip", a spokesman said.

The Israeli military said it believed the Popular Resistance Committee in Gaza, an umbrella group of hard-line factions, planted the flag a day earlier during demonstrations in the area, Haaretz reported.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Tensions between the Palestinians and Israel have been high since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state in December.

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