Despite the reported ongoing ceasefire talks with Israel, the IDF said that the location of the bomb exposed that the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group was trying prolong the clashes along the border.
An IDF spokesperson said: “IDF soldiers foiled the attempted terror attack. There were no injuries, and no damage was caused”. The army confirmed on Thursday morning it has destroyed the bomb in a controlled explosion.
The statement added: “The planting of the explosive device by the terrorist cell under the cover of a violent demonstration is further evidence that the Hamas terror group is working to maintain the conflict in the fence area and to injure IDF soldiers, while using residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields and as cover for terrorist activities”.
The bomb was positioned along the fence during a riot earlier in the week, the army established. On Monday, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza security fence, burning tires and tossing rocks at IDF troops, but no injuries were reported.
An outpouring of violence in Gaza began in March with a sequence of protests along the border that were called the “March of Return”. The protests were arranged by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, have involved regular rock and Molotov cocktail outbreaks on troops, as well as attempts to breach the border fence.