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Israeli navy stops explosives headed to Gaza in boats

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The Israeli navy thwarted an attempt to smuggle explosives into Gaza from Egypt, Israel Hayom reported.

Navy vessels spotted Palestinian boats heading toward Egypt from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said. When the vessels headed back to Gaza, the navy opened fire, setting off secondary explosions caused by ammunition and explosives carried on the boats.

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that no one was killed in the blasts and that the wounded Palestinians were evacuated to a hospital in Rafah. The weapons-smuggling attempt comes after the IDF’s discovery last week of a terror tunnel leading toward Israel from Gaza. It was the fourth and largest such tunnel Israel has found in the past year and a half.

Meanwhile, on March 25, IDF troops along the southern part of the Gaza border fence uncovered two explosive devices that had been planted by terrorists to target an IDF patrol. IDF sappers detonated the devices in a controlled explosion. —


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