GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories- Five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were wounded Friday by Israeli tank shells fired in response to the detonation of a border bomb, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said.
A spokesman for Gaza’s health services, Ashraf al-Qudra, told AFP the five were wounded after the tanks targeted “two mosque minarets” east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.
An 11-year-old boy was in serious condition, he said.
A statement from the Israeli military said “an explosive device was activated against (army) forces operating adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip,” causing no injuries.
“The force responded with tank fire towards lookout posts used to guide the attack against the forces,” it said.
An army spokeswoman told AFP that nine explosive devices were set off at Israeli forces near the border with Gaza since the beginning of the year.