Blast near Gaza-Israel border, no injuries, says army

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JERUSALEM: An explosion occurred near Gaza’s northern border with Israel on Tuesday but caused no injuries or damage, the Israeli army said.

The unexplained blast took place along the section of the border which flanks the Israeli moshav, or cooperative village, of Netiv HaAsara, near the Erez crossing.

"There was an explosion, which caused no injuries, in the northern Gaza Strip close to Netiv HaAsara," an army spokeswoman told AFP.

"It was not caused by a Palestinian rocket and we are looking into the cause of it," she said.

According to ZAKA, an Israeli rescue and recovery group, the blast was caused by a cart bomb which was detonated remotely.

There have been an increasing number of incidents in the past few months along the Gaza-Israel border, where Israel has imposed a crippling blockage following the Strip’s takeover by the radical Hamas movement in 2007.

Israel launched a devastating assault on Gaza in December 2008 aimed at halting rocket fire. Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the 22-day Operation Cast Lead.

Since then, the number of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza has fallen significantly.

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