Israel strikes multiple targets in Gaza; Rocket hits Israeli home

Israeli tank opens fire at Gaza after blast along border wounds 4 soldiers

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.

Air sirens were heard in Israeli cities and towns nearby, but no rockets had been fired on Israel during that time.

Reuters and the Associated Press said that four Israeli troops had been wounded in the blast, while Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported that one Israeli trooper had been killed and two others sustained serious injuries in the explosion.

Israel retaliated with a "large-scale attack" on several Hamas positions.

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a security conference in Munich called the Gaza border incident "very serious" and pledged to "respond appropriately".

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.

An army spokesman declined to say if there were casualties on the Israeli side.

"Hamas will continue to resist and the Israeli attacks won't break our people's determination", he said.

Israeli fighter jets raided Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after four soldiers were injured in an explosion on the border with the Palestinian enclave.

Al Qassam Brigades militants said on their wireless transmission sound devices that they fired anti-craft missiles against Israeli war jets and forced them to leave Gaza.

The Gaza border area has generally been quiet since the 2014 war, but has seen an increase in violence since President Donald Trump's announcement in December recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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