Roadside bomb targets IDF patrol on Gaza border

( An explosive device was detonated near an Israel Defense Forces patrol traveling along the Gaza Strip border on Monday morning, Israel Hayom reported. No injuries or damage were reported in the incident.

The IDF badge. Credit: IDF.

According to Army Radio, the troops were patrolling near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, southwest of Sderot, when the device exploded. Security forces deployed in the area were tasked with canvassing it for any additional roadside bombs.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted Monday morning that the military had “seized improvised explosives on Gaza's northern border, the 2nd incident of this type in 3 days.”

Monday’s incident was the second attempt by terrorists to target IDF patrols in the area, in the span of one week. Last Friday, a roadside bomb exploded near a military patrol traveling by the southern border with Gaza Strip, causing no harm.

The recent roadside bomb incidents follow a relatively calm summer in the south, despite two incidents of rocket fire in August, on the resort city of Eilat and the Eshkol Regional Council. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the rocket fired at Eilat, and neither incident caused any casualties or damage.

Posted on September 2, 2013 .