IDF forces on Gaza border (Archive photo)
Photo: Tsafrir Abayov

Soldier moderately wounded by anti-tank missile in Gaza

IDF forces exchange heavy fire with Palestinian gunmen in southern Strip during army's activity against terror infrastructure in the area; soldier's vehicle hit by anti-tank missile. Hamas claims responsibility, IAF retaliates

An IDF soldier was moderately wounded during exchanges of fire with Palestinian gunmen in south Gaza Friday morning.


The soldier was injured when an anti-tank missile was fired at the vehicle he was travelling in during his unit's activity against terror infrastructure in the Strip. He was evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.


The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, claimed responsibility for the missile attack. In response, Israeli aircraft opened fire at gunmen armed with anti-tank missiles in the area. A hit was identified.


In another incident, two terrorists opened fire towards an IDF force operating near the security fence in central Gaza early Friday. The force returned fire and hit both terrorists.


On Thursday IDF forces operating in north Gaza uncovered an anti-tank missile and launcher in a school yard in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiyeh.


Weapons uncovered in north Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit) 


Givati and armored forces of the 401st Brigade took part in the operation. The forces also shot and hit a gunman.


Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian was killed and 18 others were injured as IDF soldiers opened fire at protestors taking part in a procession organized by Hamas, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported.


IDF officials said that the troops fired at several Palestinians approaching the border fence. At first, the army said, the soldiers attempted to disperse the people using crowd dispersal means, but at a certain stage the forces spotted a number of gunmen and fired at the lower part of their bodies.


On Thursday morning, a Palestinian truck bomber attacked a key border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The IDF said there were no reports of injuries among the soldiers manning the crossing, which is located on the northern end of the Gaza-Israel border. 


פרסום ראשון: 05.23.08, 08:14
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