Gunshots struck a military bulldozer operating on the southern Gaza border on Wednesday, the military said.
No Israeli troops were injured. The vehicle was lightly damaged, the Israel Defense Forces said.
In response, an Israeli tank shelled a Hamas position near the border, the military said.
Photographs of the engineering vehicle, which were quickly shared on social media, showed damage caused to the bulldozer’s bulletproof windshields.
صور| آثار استهداف جرافات الاحتلال بإطلاق نار خلال توغلها شرق خانيونس جنوب قطاع غزة ، قبل قليل. pic.twitter.com/DEWLwiJOeq
— المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) January 13, 2021
The IDF said the vehicle had been working near the border when the gunshots were heard.
The bulldozer was one of several that had been clearing land in the buffer zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which lies on the Gaza side of the border, near the city of Khan Younis.
Palestinian media reported that the Israeli military on Wednesday had also dropped fliers in Arabic, warning Gazan farmers to keep away from the fence.
Wednesday’s attack came amid a relative lull in violence from the Gaza Strip. The day before, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk announced that Qatar had agreed to continue providing humanitarian aid to the enclave for another year.