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IDF retaliates (Archive photo) Photo: Reuters
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Mortar shell lands near IDF base

Army fires more than 450 shells at northern Gaza Strip Monday, but fire continues; another shell, rocket land in open areas

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 05.29.06, 23:12 / Israel News

The Palestinians fire at the western Negev continued Monday night, as a mortar shell landed near the Nahal Oz army base, causing damage.


Simultaneously, another shell and a Qassam rocket fell in an open area in the western Negev. There were no reports of injuries in all incidents.


The rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israel continued as the IDF launched an enhanced move Monday in terms of artillery fire at territories in the northern Strip.


The IDF fired more than 450 shells at areas in the northern Gaza Strip in one day, using artillery batteries. The fire was mainly targeted at the areas of the evacuated settlements of Dugit, Elei Sinai and Nisanit, and was aimed at deterring and distancing the launching groups.


No change in policy


Although the number of rockets dropped in the past few times, the mortar shell which landed in the IDF base testified to the instability of the situation.


IDF officials made it clear that despite the drop in the army's operation in the Gaza Strip in the past few days, there was no change in policy and the army plans to continue using all means in order to thwart any Qassam and mortar shell fire and hit terror groups.


On Monday morning, a special IDF unit thwarted a terrorist group's attempt to carry out a terror attack against an Israeli target.


The group was spotted after arriving at the border fence area in the northern Gaza Strip. The soldiers opened fire at the group and killed on of the terrorists. They then found a Kalashnikov rifle and a ladder testifying to the ongoing attempts by terror organizations to carry out attacks against soldiers and Israelis in general.


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