Israel Defense Forces soldiers operating in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday uncovered a launcher and an antitank missile in a school yard in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiyeh.
Givati and armored forces of the 401st Brigade took part in the operation. The forces also shot and hit a gunman.
Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian was killed and 18 others were injured as IDF soldiers opened fire at protestors taking part in a procession organized by Hamas, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported.
IDF officials said that the troops fired at several Palestinians approaching the border fence. At first, the army said, the soldiers attempted to disperse the people using crowd dispersal means, but at a certain stage the forces spotted a number of gunmen and fired at the lower part of their bodies.
Soldiers uncover explosives (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office)
On Thursday morning, a Palestinian truck bomber attacked a key border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The IDF said there were no reports of injuries among the soldiers manning the crossing, which is located on the northern end of the Gaza-Israel border.
According to Palestinian sources in the Strip, the attack combined gunfire with the detonation of at least one truck by a suicide bomber. Army officials said the gunmen took advantage of the heavy fog that covered the area in the early morning hours.
Following the attempted attack, Israel banned the entry of 31 Palestinians in need of medical care. The explosion also caused blackouts in northern Strip towns.