Israeli troops come under fire on Gaza border

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops came under fire Tuesday on the border with Gaza hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border and remarked on its quietness.

An Israeli army engineering vehicle was hit in the fire from northern Gaza and damaged by the bullets, the Israel Defense Forces said. There has been no claim of responsibility from Gaza.

Several hours earlier, Netanyahu had visited troops stationed on the southern Gaza border with the IDF chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, and the Southern Command chief, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Zamir.

Netanyahu noted that it has been two years since Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza.

“These are the two quietest years that we can remember since the Hamas attacks,” the prime minister told the troops at the border, according to a statement issued by his office. “We know that this is due to your hard work. And we trust you. And we are proud of you.”

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