Israel bombed 18 targets in Gaza overnight, killing two Palestinian teens, after an explosion wounded four of its soldiers on the border with the Palestinian enclave.
The flare-up started with a bomb blast near the security fence on the southern Israel-Gaza border that wounded four Israeli troops at around 4 p.m. (9 a.m. ET). Israel responded with air strikes and tank fire against 18 targets belonging to Hamas — a militant group sworn to its destruction — including what the military described as a terror tunnel, military compounds and two observation posts.
Gaza militant groups usually evacuate potential targets in anticipation of retaliation for attacks against Israelis, according to Reuters.