Egyptian army says border guards hurt in accidental hit by Israeli tank

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Several Egyptian border guards sustained minor injuries on Sunday after being accidentally hit by fragments of a shell from an Israeli tank, the Egyptian army spokesperson said in a statement.

The Israeli military had earlier said that one of its tanks accidentally hit an Egyptian position near the border with the Gaza Strip.

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“The incident is being investigated and the details are under review. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) expresses sorrow regarding the incident,” it said in a statement, giving no further details.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The bombardment follows attacks by Hamas militants which killed more than 1,400 people in Israel.

With agencies

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