Four Israelis wounded in Gaza border explosion

Calvin Saunders
February 18, 2018

The Hamas is accountable for this incident and its consequences, as well as everything happening in and from the Gaza Strip, above and below ground, said the Israeli army.

He said the situation in Gaza could cause an outbreak of conflict between Hamas and Israel, particularly as demonstrations along the border fence have grown in recent weeks.

The Israeli military announced in a statement on Saturday that it had struck an observation post belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, east of Khan Yunis city after an explosive device was detonated on an Israeli military patrol near the border between the occupied territories and the enclave.

Two Palestinians were injured in the raids, Palestinian medical sources said.

Israeli media said it was the highest number of Israelis wounded in a single attack since the 2014 Gaza war.

However, any Israeli casualties could spark a fiercer Israeli response.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Germany for the Munich Security Conference, described the border incident as "severe".

There were conflicting reports about the casualties of the border explosion.

Saturday's incident comes amid rising warnings of a brewing humanitarian disaster in Gaza that Israel fears could spill over into violence.

The army then reported a "launch was identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory".

Gaza, a tiny strip of land sandwiched between Israel and Egypt, has seen conditions steadily deteriorate.

Already beleaguered by Israel's decade-old blockade of the strip, Gazans were made to suffer even more a year ago when the Palestinian Authority, run by Fatah, imposed harsh new restrictions in a power struggle with Hamas, its archrival. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, hoping to regain control, has stepped up pressure on Hamas by cutting salaries of civil servants and limiting electricity supply.

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