Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

Israeli soldiers stands near a military jeep next to the border fence with the southern Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nirim Israel

She released several pictures of the event and said "Head of Gaza Reconstruction Committee today distributing H H the Emir's grant".

The "underground infrastructure" in Gaza that Israel destroyed early this morning was a terror tunnel, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has confirmed.

No terror organization took responsibility for the attack, but the increase in rocket fire from the Strip over recent months has mostly been the work of an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate operating out of Gaza.

In a separate incident on Saturday night, an IDF tank fired on a group of Palestinians who the army said approached the security fence "in a suspicious manner", killing two of them and seriously injuring two others.

Earlier in the day the army said "two soldiers were severely wounded, one moderately and one slightly" when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border fence with Gaza.

A military helicopter carrying IDF soldiers wounded in an explosion during a patrol along the Gaza border arrives at Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center on February 17, 2018.

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None of the soldiers' lives were in danger, a spokesman clarified.

Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas wrested control of the territory from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in 2007.

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.

The blast and the retaliatory fire marked one of the most serious escalations in the Hamas-ruled territory since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014. Israel responded to the attacks by eliminating 18 terror targets in Gaza, including Hamas weapons factories.

Palestinian terrorists launched a rocket at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, setting off the siren system in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council and the city of Sderot, sending tens of thousands of residents running for cover.

Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, a senior USA administration official told AFP on Friday.

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