Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed an armed group in Gaza for carrying out the explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers who crossed the eastern border of the coastal enclave, Quds Press reported yesterday.
Lieberman accused the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) of standing behind the explosion; however, none of the Palestinian factions, including the PRC, has claimed responsibility.
Reported by the Israeli website Ynet News, Lieberman said: "I hope that we are not facing an escalation, and as far as I'm concerned the event is not over, because we have not yet liquidated the terrorists responsible for yesterday's terrorist attack."
The Israeli soldiers saw a Palestinian flag placed near the borders, in an area inside the Gaza city of Khan Yunis. It was likely left by Palestinian protesters who have been demonstrating since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital on 6 December.
When the Israeli soldiers, from the elite Golan unit, reached the Palestinian flag, an explosive device detonated and wounded them. Two suffered serious wounds.
Israeli fighter jets later lunched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killing two boys, both 17 years old, and wounding two others.