Gaza border blast damages IDF bulldozer

No injuries, explosion reason unclear; southern residents see rocket launches.

April 10, 2013 02:14
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IDF vehicle patrols along Gaza border fence [file]

IDF vehicle along Gaza border fence 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An IDF D9 bulldozer was lightly damaged on Tuesday by an explosive device planted along the Gaza border.

The vehicle was on a mission to seek out and destroy border bombs, and it remains unclear whether the explosion occurred because the D9 found an old device, or whether this was a deliberate attack on the bulldozer, a security source said.

No one was wounded in the blast, and the bulldozer’s operators continued with their mission afterward.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency claimed that nine D9 bulldozers had entered 200 meters into Gaza to clear shrubbery.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli residents of the Gaza border area reported seeing a number of rocket launches.

Channel 2 said there had recently been two Iron Dome batteries deployed to the South – one to Ashkelon and one to the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

The IDF would only say that the air defense batteries were operational in the South, and had been moved in line with operational needs and intelligence estimates.

On Monday evening, a Code Red rocket warning siren sounded in the Eshkol region. However, no projectiles were found in Israeli territory.

On Sunday, Palestinians in Gaza fired projectiles at the South, triggering the rocket siren in the Sha’ar Hanegev region and disrupting a Holocaust memorial event.

Video from the memorial showed families fleeing for cover at the sound of the siren.

Security forces later recovered one rocket, which had exploded in a field.

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