JERUSALEM, Israel -- A Givati Brigade commander suffered serious injuries when a bomb planted along the security fence near the Kissufim crossing exploded. He was transported by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.
The IDF instructed area residents to stay close to bomb shelters while troops combed the area for the perpetrators.
The IDF Spokesman's Office said, "the area near the border fence is a war zone, and terrorist organizations use it to place explosives, plan attacks and abductions of IDF soldiers."
A short time later, IDF troops detained an Arab man at the Kalandia checkpoint near Ramallah attempting to transport eight explosive devices in his toolbox.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Tuesday's bomb attack during a meeting with Belgium President Rosen Plevneliev.
"I have to tell you that these terror attacks, which threaten all of us, continue unabated," Netanyahu began.
"Today we engaged in exchanges against terrorist aggression that comes from our southern border in Gaza, but it actually comes from Iran and a whole terror network that is supporting these attacks," he continued.
"Iran supported Hezbollah's terror attacks in Bulgaria; Iran is supporting terror attacks now against us in Gaza. We will fight and we will hit them very, very hard -- very hard," the prime minister vowed. "That's the only way to fight them. The way to fight terror is to fight terror, and that we shall do with great force."
Tuesday's attack took place during the first official state visit to the Hamas terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip. Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani led a delegation of 50, which included his wife, Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani, business leaders and other prominent figures.