Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in an explosion while on patrol near the Gaza security fence.

It is believed the soldier, who was on what the military called a “routine patrol,” was injured by a roadside bomb in Tuesday morning’s attack. He was treated at the scene and then evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

No Palestinian terrorist organization has as of yet taken credit for the attack.

“Terror organizations continue their relentless attempts to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers by using the area adjacent to the security fence for laying explosive devices and attempting to execute terror attacks,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

A week ago, an explosive device was detonated as IDF soldiers patrolled the same area of the security fence near Kissufim in the central Gaza Strip, according to the IDF. That explosion damaged a military vehicle. 

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