Israel Gaza: Four Israeli soldiers injured in border blast

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The attacks came after a rocket fired from Gaza fell near a house after rocket sirens sounded in several Israeli settlement near the border with the Strip.

Four soldiers sustained injuries in the incident, the Israeli army spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said in a Twitter post, adding that two of them were "severely" injured.

According to Palestinian officials, the observation post targeted by the IDF belonged to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.

Palestinian and Israeli sources said that the situation in the Gaza Strip and Israeli settlements around it in high tension after Israeli warplanes bombed Hamas positions in Gaza in response to four Israeli soldiers wounded After device explodes near Gaza border saturday after noon. Rockets are usually fired not by Hamas, but by other groups.

The proposed plan also calls for the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, keeping territorial water and airspace under Israeli control and reaching a "just solution" to the issue of Palestinian refugees. An attempt at reconciliation between the two last fall has since bogged down, and a standoff over salaries and revenue has sent the territory's economy into free-fall, with many expecting a war with Israel as a result.

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The army said a Palestinian flag was flying in the area, and when the troops approached they were hit by the blast.

Saturday's incident comes amid concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza, which has for years been under Egyptian and Israeli blockade.

Conricus said Hamas regularly organises protests against Israel along the border and used a demonstration to plant an "IED (improvised explosive device) attached to a flag", which then detonated.

Dozens of Palestinians demonstrators have been injured in recent weeks along the border fence with Gaza, with the Israeli army using live fire to disperse protesters.

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