Explosives detonate near Gaza border, damaging Israeli army vehicle

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Explosives detonated near the border fence with Gaza damaged an Israeli military vehicle.

The explosives that detonated on Tuesday morning were planted by terrorists, the IDF Spokespersons’ office said in a tweet. 

They detonated while the Israel Defense Forces engineering unit was working near the fence. The unit was searching for explosive charges they believed to be buried in the area following intelligence reports.

The IDF Spokespersons’ office said the detonation on the border is the first since the end of the week-long Operation Pillar of Defense in November.

Meanwhile, the IDF on Monday moved two Iron Dome missile defense batteries to southern Israel in the wake of rocket attacks from Gaza, including one on the evening of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which disrupted ceremonies in the area.

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