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Israeli tank ‘mistakenly’ blasts Egyptian border post: IDF says investigation is underway into incident that caused ‘minor injuries’


The Israeli military said on Sunday one of its tanks had ‘accidentally fired and hit an Egyptian post’ near the border with Gaza as the army bombards the Palestinian enclave.

The Egyptian military said the blast had caused ‘minor injuries’ but did not give details.

‘The IDF (Israeli military) expresses sorrow regarding the incident’ near the Kerem Shalom area, an army statement said.

‘The incident is being investigated and the details are under review,’ the statement added.

The Egyptian army said Israel had ‘immediately expressed its regret over the unintentional incident and an investigation is underway’.

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes at the border with Egypt, as the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, as seen from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip October 22, 2023

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes at the border with Egypt, as the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, as seen from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip October 22, 2023

An Israeli soldier rides in a tank (File Photo)

An Israeli soldier rides in a tank (File Photo)

Egyptian media said the Israeli strike would not disrupt the passage of aid to Gaza, citing witnesses.

A second convoy of aid trucks entered the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing on Sunday, heading towards the Gaza Strip, according to Egyptian security and humanitarian sources. 

Shortly after the convoy entered the crossing, witnesses told Reuters that a blast was heard in the vicinity and that ambulances could be heard deploying from the Egyptian side. 

Since Saturday, 37 trucks carrying vital supplies have crossed to Gaza through its Rafah border post with Egypt, which lies around three kilometres (two miles) from Israel.

Crossings between Gaza and Israel have been shut since the outbreak of war on October 7.

The Rafah crossing, the main entry and exit point to Gaza that does not lead to Israel, has become the focus of a push to deliver aid as humanitarian conditions in Gaza worsen. 

The United Nations has estimated about 100 trucks per day are needed to meet the needs of Gaza, where more than 4,650 people have been killed in Israeli strikes, according to the Hamas government.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, on October 2023

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, on October 2023

The second convoy of aid trucks cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on October 22, 2023 in North Sinai, Egypt

The second convoy of aid trucks cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on October 22, 2023 in North Sinai, Egypt

Humanitarian aid trucks arriving from Egypt after having crossed through the Rafah border crossing arriving at a storage facility in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 21, 2023

Humanitarian aid trucks arriving from Egypt after having crossed through the Rafah border crossing arriving at a storage facility in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 21, 2023

Israeli warplanes struck targets across Gaza overnight and into Sunday, as well as two airports in Syria and a mosque in the occupied West Bank allegedly used by terrorists, as the two-week-old war with Hamas threatened to spiral into a broader conflict.

Israel has traded fire with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group on a near-daily basis since the war began, and tensions are soaring in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces have battled militants in refugee camps and carried out two airstrikes in recent days.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told troops in northern Israel that if Hezbollah launches a war against Israel, ‘it will make the mistake of its life. We will cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine and the consequences for it and the Lebanese state will be devastating’. 

For days, Israel has seemed to be on the verge of launching a ground offensive in Gaza as part of its response to Hamas’ deadly October 7 rampage. 

Tanks and tens of thousands of troops have massed at the border, and Israeli leaders have spoken of an undefined next stage in operations.

Israel’s military spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said the country is stepping up its attacks.

The war, now in its 16th day, is the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Sunday that the death toll in Gaza had reached at least 4,651 people, with another 14,254 people wounded in the besieged territory.

The ministry said 90 Palestinians were also killed in violence and Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank since Hamas terrorists stormed into Israel on October 7. More than 1,650 others were wounded, it added.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, mostly in the initial Hamas attack. In addition, 203 people were believed captured by Hamas during the incursion and taken into Gaza, the Israeli military has said.



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