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SOLDIER HURT AS VEHICLE DRIVES OVER BOMB

An Israeli military vehicle today drove over a bomb planted by Palestinian militants near the border with the Gaza Strip, setting off an explosion that wounded one soldier, the army said.

The explosion threatened a fragile cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians. It came just hours before the two sides were set to hold their first meetings on coordinating Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza.

Israeli officials have accused the Palestinians of not doing enough to rein in militant groups.

The bombing occurred near the Karni crossing, the main transit point for cargo going in and out of Gaza, the army said.

Palestinian residents in the area said Israeli troops began firing machine guns after the explosion, and an army helicopter was seen landing in the area.

Palestinian militants had threatened to avenge the deaths of three Palestinian youths killed by the army this month in Gaza.