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TEL AVIV — A Hamas explosive device planted in a civilian house exploded today, causing the residence to collapse and the injury of several elite Israeli soldiers, the Israel Defense Forces told WND.

According to the IDF, the residential house in the southern Gaza Strip concealed the entrance to an offensive tunnel. The case underscores Hamas’s use of the civilian infrastructure within the Gaza Strip to store weapons and hide tunnel entrances.

The elite IDF unit was operating in Gaza to uncover Hamas tunnels.

“Two explosive devices were detonated against the soldiers, one from within the tunnel and a second one that was concealed within the house,” an IDF spokesman said.

“The explosion caused the residence to collapse and the injury of several soldiers,” added the spokesman.

It was not immediately clear how many Palestinians were injured or killed in the event.

Earlier today, Israel agreed to a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire requested by the United Nations.

Sources within the IDF told WND they have information of Hamas using previous temporary lulls to move around fighters and reposition rockets to fire into Israel.

Last week, WND broke the story that Hamas used a humanitarian cease-fire to execute at least 25 Palestinians suspected of aiding Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The exclusive story was confirmed on Monday by the Palestine Press News Agency.

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