ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY) – The Israeli army said on Wednesday it had hit unspecified “military targets” belonging to Hamas in Gaza after it targeted an army engineering unit operating in the Hamas-run area.
No injuries were reported from the Israeli side of the blast, which Army Radio reported targeted a mechanical excavator.
The army said the bomb was planted under the cover of massive protests that had been launched at the border between Israel and Gaza since March 30.
“During a routine operation in northern Gaza, a bomb planted under the cover of the riots exploded targeting an engineering vehicle on the western side of the border wall,” the army statement said.
“In response, the IDF struck a number of targets belonging to Hamas,” the statement said.
The statement did not specify the location of the targets or the weapon used to target them. Israel has used artillery and air strikes in the past to strike at Hamas targets.
It was also unclear what the engineering unit was working on, even though Israel routinely carries out maintenance work on the border fence.
The massive rallies under the theme of the “March of Return” call for activating the “right of return” of the Palestinian refugees and lifting the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than a decade.
The marches resulted in clashes in which Israeli troops killed 31 Palestinians and no Israelis were hurt.