Palestinian fighters have claimed that they hit an armoured vehicle on Tuesday during an Israeli incursion in Gaza. The incident took place in the south east of the Gaza Strip as a group of eight Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers drove up to 200 metres inside Palestinian territory. Local sources said that the vehicle hit a landmine. Witnesses said that after the explosion more Israeli tanks arrived on the scene as aircraft flew overhead.
According to Israeli TV channel 7 news, a military bulldozer hit the landmine. No casualties were reported in what was reported as the first such incident since the last Israeli offensive against the people of Gaza last November.
The terms of the truce which brought that 8-day military assault to an end included an agreement that an Israeli-imposed 500-metre buffer zone along the border fence between Gaza and Israel was to be scrapped. Palestinian farmers were thus in theory allowed to tend their crops in fields close to the border.
However, Israel has since conducted a number of military incursions, destroying farmland, plants and trees. Two farmers have been killed and several wounded by Israeli gunfire since the November truce was signed.