Nobody hurt, no damage in attack; troops looking for those responsible; Earlier, IAF hit Hamas targets.
By AP, JPOST.COM STAFFPublished: FEBRUARY 13, 2009 08:19Advertisement
A bomb exploded on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Saturday afternoon, narrowly missing an army patrol vehicle which was passing by.
Nobody was hurt in the attack, and no damage was reported. Immediately following the explosion, IDF troops began searching the area for the gunmen who planted the device.
The bombing comes as ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel seemed to be making significant progress, with some reports predicting that an agreement may be reached by the end of the day. However, despite the ongoing negotiations, the violence in the South has continued.
The IAF bombed targets in two places in the Gaza Strip on Friday. Overnight, two weapons manufacturing facilities were destroyed in an aerial attack in the Jebalya refugee camp in the northern Strip. The IDF confirmed the strike.
Palestinian sources reported six wounded in the maneuver.
On Friday afternoon the IAF aircraft struck in the southern town of Khan Yunis, Palestinian medical officials said, after two Kassam rockets were earlier fired at southern Israel.
The air strike reportedly killed one man and critically wounded another.
The identities of the men were not immediately known. Palestinian security officials said the men were riding a motorcycle when they were hit by fire from an army drone flying overhead
The IDF, confirming the strike, said the men were planning an attack against Israel.
Later Friday, the air force also struck six smuggling tunnels on the Philadelphi Corridor along the Egyptian border with Gaza.
Meanwhile, A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by IDF troops during rioting near Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs on Friday afternoon, Palestinian medical sources said.
The army said it shot one of the instigators of the riot, which it said included rock throwing and use of Molotov cocktails.
Two rockets were fired at Israel early Friday morning, despite Hamas insisting that a Gaza truce announcement was imminent.
One of the Kassams struck the Sderot area, while the other landed in the Eshkol region. The rockets hit open areas, causing no casualties or damage.
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