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Explosive device detonates under Israeli bulldozer in Gaza

April 8, 2016 9:48 A.M. (Updated: April 10, 2016 8:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An explosive device detonated under an armored Israeli bulldozer on the Palestinian side of the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a D-9 bulldozer from the Israeli military’s engineering unit was performing “routine activity” near the border in the southern end of the strip when the device detonated as the bulldozer drove over it.

No injuries were reported.

Israeli military forces enter the Gaza Strip on a regular basis, most often in the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on both land and sea side of the besieged enclave.

Such activity has had devastating impacts on Gaza's fishing and agricultural industries as workers lives are put in danger on a near-daily basis.

The Israeli army located explosives along the borderline earlier this year, also in the southern area of the Gaza Strip east of Khan Yunis.

The army spokesperson said at the time that the explosive devices had been “planted prior to Operation Protective Edge,” referring to the deadly Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014.
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