Leaders of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, visited protest tents near the border and vowed to continue the weekly rallies they're leading. When the soldiers tried to take down the object, it was detonated.
To counter that threat, the Israeli military said it has mobilized private drone-racers as army reservists, who then try to ram into the kites with the remote-controlled aircraft.
Palestinian media reported that the airstrikes hit a number of Hamas positions in the areas of Rafah and Khan Younis.
After the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced today (Saturday) that four Palestinians successfully crossed the border into Israel from Gaza early Saturday morning, Hamas released a video documenting the infiltration from the terrorists' point of view.
It said the explosive device had been hidden inside a pair of fence cutters.
The soldiers arrived at the scene moments later and opened fire at the individuals, who in turn fled back to the Palestinian side of the fence.
It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.
A group of men among them two wounded wait near a passengers registration booth at Gaza City's port
Palestinians inspect an Islamic Jihad observation post after it was targeted in Israeli tank shelling, in the southern Gaza Strip May 27, 2018.
The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade.
He called on the United Nations and other global bodies to protect the boat leaving from the enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas.
Earlier in May, some 300 burning kites were flown from Gaza across the Israeli border sparking several small fires in Israeli fields, the Times of Israel reported.
Over a hundred Palestinians have been killed in the rolling protests and clashes, mostly from Israeli gunfire and thousands more injured.
Military planners have begun implementing new measures to combat the assaults, including lethal options drawn from the IDF's responses to rocket launches and other terror attacks.