Israeli soldiers foiled a major Palestinian bomb attack on a key Gaza Strip border crossing.
A Palestinian recruited by Islamic Jihad and Fatah terrorists drove an explosives-laden truck toward the Erez border crossing early Thursday, but was shot at by troops before he could enter the compound.
The resulting explosion was heard for miles around but killed only the driver.
An Israeli helicopter attacked a vehicle carrying two of the terrorist’s comrades away from the scene, but they escaped.
The Erez attack came as Egypt tries to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas administration in Gaza, said his side was still studying the proposal.