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3 lightly injured in mortar attack on Negev

Palestinian gunmen fire five mortar shells at western Negev region; two IDF soldiers, civilian sustain mild injuries; total of four Qassam rockets, 13 shells hit Israel since morning hours

Five mortar shells fired from northern Gaza Sunday afternoon landed in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council limits. Two IDF soldiers and a civilian sustained mild shrapnel injuries in the attack and were evacuated to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.


A short while later, at around 6:20 pm a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in the western Negev; there were no reports of injury or damage.


The attacks on Israel began at 6:50 am, when three Qassams were fired from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev. One projectile landed in the Sdot Negev Regional Council and the other two hit the Eshkol Regional Council, one of them landing between two kindergartens. Fatah's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.


At around 9 am, Palestinian gunmen fired at an IDF force near the border fence in the Kissufim area. The soldiers fired back. There were no injuries in all incidents.


Four mortar shells were fired at the western Negev at around 11 am. They landed in open areas within the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, without causing injuries or damage.


Military Intelligence Chief Major-General Amos Yadlin told cabinet that the rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel were being carried out by terror groups that are not Hamas.


"Hamas, for its part, has been deterred and is honoring the ceasefire, but is not deterring the others enough," he said. 


פרסום ראשון: 02.01.09, 17:47
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