Earlier today (April 25), during an operational activity near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip, Engineering forces discovered three land mines planted in the ground, thus thwarting an attack against IDF soldiers.
Last week in the same area, IDF forces opened fire towards three suspects near the security fence. The three of them, tried to place an explosive device near the fence in order to hit an IDF patrol operating in the area. […]
The presence of Palestinian civilians in the area adjacent to the security fence in Gaza is used by terrorist organizations as cover for their activities, including planting explosive devices, planning terrorist attacks and attempts to kidnap IDF soldiers. For this reason, the IDF considers this a combat zone.
From: Israel Defense Forces Website