Blast near Gaza-Israel border, no injuries: army

JERUSALEM - Palestinian militants detonated a booby-trapped donkey cart near Gaza’s northern border with Israel on Tuesday but caused no injuries or damage, the Israeli army said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Tue 25 May 2010, 9:42 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:59 AM

“An explosive device concealed on a donkey-drawn wagon exploded along the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip earlier this morning. The explosive device was hidden by a Palestinian terrorist,” the army said.

The donkey was killed, the army said, accusing Palestinians of using “agricultural activities for cover” to carry out attacks near the border.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command (PFLP-GC) claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to “Zionist incursions in the Gaza Strip.”

A statement said the group’s armed wing “detonated a booby-trapped cart in a Zionist military pocket” in northern Gaza, claiming it injured those present.

An army spokeswoman said there were no injuries.

The blast took place along the section of the border which flanks the Israeli moshav, or cooperative village, of Netiv HaAsara, near the Erez crossing.

Also Tuesday, Palestinian militants fired two mortar shells from Gaza into southern Israel, causing no casualties or damage, the army said.

There have been an increasing number of incidents in the past few months along the Gaza-Israel border, where Israel has imposed a crippling blockage following the Strip’s takeover by the radical Hamas movement in 2007.

Israel launched a devastating assault on Gaza in December 2008 aimed at halting rocket fire. Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the 22-day Operation Cast Lead.

Since then, the number of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza has fallen significantly.



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