The IDF is investigating whether there was an attempted RPG launch during Thursday morning’s bomb incident near the Gaza Strip. IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said it holds Hamas responsible for the attack.

Gaza Strip (archive)

Gaza Strip (archive) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The IDF’s preliminary investigation of Thursday’s incident has revealed that it involved two explosive devices that were detonated on the Gazan side of the border. In addition, the IDF said it is investigating the possibility of an attempted RPG rocket launch towards Israel’s forces.

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis on Thursday described the incident as “serious.” In response to the attack, IDF artillery fire and airstrikes struck five Hamas and PIJ targets. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the Israeli troops were sent to the area after suspicious activity was detected on the Gazan side of the border in the early morning hours.

“Israel holds Hamas responsible and it will not allow terrorist organizations to carry out terror attacks against Israel under the guise of protests near the border,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement. “It is still unclear who planted the explosive devices.”

As JOL reported earlier, there were no injuries reported after the explosions went off in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning. Palestinian reports said two people were killed in the IDF’s retaliatory attack.