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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gaza: Anti-tank missile hits IDF jeep; 4 soldiers injured - Wounded Soldier Hanging on to His Life

Source: YNet News
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy

Four soldiers were wounded Saturday when an IDF force patrolling near Karni crossing was hit by terrorist fire. The military jeep sustained a direct, through-and-through hit by an anti-tank missile. 

Two soldiers sustained serious injuries to the lower extremities and were airlifted to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. Two others were rushed to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon in moderate condition, suffering from shrapnel wounds.

The fire came from a location east of the Gaza Strip neighborhoods of Zeitun and Sajaiya. IDF forces scrambled to the scene and a heavy fire exchange followed, with the IDF using tanks and machine-guns to neutralize the threat.

Gaza sources said that IAF helicopters were flying over the Strip's southern and eastern areas, as well.

Video: Roee Idan

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades – the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's (PFLP) military wing – claimed responsibility for the attack; but the IDF said that it was more likely the work of Islamic Jihad militents.

Later Saturday, the Al-Arabiya network reported that the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed the attack.

Gaza medical sources reported of four fatalities and 25 casualties as a result of the IDF's shelling. The causalities were taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Ayman al-Sahbani, a doctor at Shifa, said all of the casualties were civilians and the children were among the wounded.

IDF soldiers at the scene (Photo: Roee Idan)

Hamas security forces reportedly cleared all posts in the vicinity of the scene, fearing an imminent Israeli strike.

The IDF confirmed the incident's details: "An anti-tank missile was fired at an IDF force on routine patrol near the security fence in northern Gaza Strip. Four soldiers were wounded as a result. IDF forces returned fire.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers and will continue to fight any element which employs terror against the State of Israel.

"The Hamas terror group is responsible for any such acts," the statement said.

Injured solider en route to hospital (Photo: AP)

The GOC Southern Command has launched an inquiry into the incident. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz called for a security assessment of the sector. 

The IDF ordered the residents of the Gaza vicinity communities to remain within close proximity to shelters.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the incident, saying: "The IDF reacted with force to the event and an additional response will be determined in the following days. We will not abide any escalation in the southern sector."

Following the attack, the Defense Ministry ordered the temporary closing of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The crossing is the main checkpoint through which goods are delivered to Gaza Strip.

"The IDF will not risk the lives of the crossing's employees, or the troops stationed there, despite the great importance of ensuring goods and humanitarian aid are delivered to Gaza," a defense source said.

Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter commented on the escalation in the south, saying that Israel "must reestablish its military deterrence in Gaza."

Wounded Soldier Hanging on to His Life

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Doctors are fighting to save the life of an Israeli soldier who remains unconscious and are preparing for more surgery. One other soldier also is in serious but not life-threatening condition in Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
Two additional Givati troops wounded when an anti-tank missile hit their jeep along the Gaza security fence are recovering in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon from moderate to serious wounds. They were on a patrol in their jeep approximately 600 feet from the fence when the advanced missile hit their vehicle.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all terrorist activity in Gaza, but the terrorist organization frequently has tried to deny responsibility while other terror groups claim they are behind attacks, which sometimes are carried out independently of Hamas and other times are coordinated with it. The latest attacks are a new round of escalation in the 12-year-old Oslo War, otherwise known as the Second Intifada.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced it fired two Kornet missiles, one of which hit the jeep on patrol. However, Arabic language news sources reported that Hamas said it fired the advanced missiles, which it introduced into the ongoing war two years ago when a Kornet missile killed a teenager on a school bus near Kibbutz Sa'ad in the Western Negev.

Retaliatory fire from the IDF killed at least four terrorists, whom Hamas described as civilian youth.
Hamas attacked southern Israel Saturday night and Sunday morning with more than 30 rockets, setting off siren warnings as far north as Kiryat Malachi, halfway between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv.
In response, the IDF has attacked a weapons factory, two storage depots and two launching sites.

Hamas and other terror groups threatened Israel with more attacks followed Israel’s retaliation, AFP reported.

"The occupation attacked Palestinian civilians east of Gaza City and Khan Yunis. We consider this escalation as very dangerous. It must stop immediately," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum.

The armed wing of the radical Popular Resistance Committees also released a statement vowing that "the Zionist enemy will pay a high price for this crime against Gaza". Islamic Jihad also issued a warning, saying: "Every aggression against the Palestinian people will be followed by a response from the resistance."

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