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Friday, November 9, 2012

Gaza Smuggling Tunnel Explodes During IDF Operation - According to Gaza Medics, Israeli gunfire killed a boy in a Gaza clash

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Elad Benari

A smuggling tunnel exploded in southern Gaza on Thursday evening, as a group of IDF soldiers were in the middle of an operation to uncover it.

One of the soldiers was very lightly wounded in the incident. An official IDF statement noted that the explosion caused damage to an empty military vehicle that was standing nearby.

IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai said on Thursday evening that over the past two weeks there have been a number of incidents near the border fence with Gaza, during which explosive devices had been detonated near soldiers.

As a result, said Mordechai, new Gaza Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Mickey Edelstein ordered soldiers from the IDF’s Givati Brigade to operate in the area and locate explosives and tunnels.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and security forces, and will continue to operate against anyone who operates terror against Israel,” said the IDF statement, adding that the Hamas terrorist organization, which rules Gaza, is directly responsible for any acts of terror in the region.

Responding to the incident, Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated on Thursday night that Israel views it as a very serious incident.

Barak said that Israel sees Hamas as being responsible for the explosion and added that Israel will examine how and when to respond.

On Thursday morning, an IDF tank was hit by a mortar fired by Gaza terrorists near Kibbutz Nirim.

The Arabs engaged the IDF while on an engineering mission, and the tank was hit during the ensuing firefight. There were no injuries.

On Tuesday, terrorists in Gaza blew up a bomb and shot at Israeli soldiers, who returned fire.

Three soldiers were lightly wounded, and one of them was flown by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva. The other two were treated at the scene.

 According to Gaza Medics, 
Israeli gunfire killed a boy in a Gaza clash

It is very sad to know that a child is dead, but the first questions that arise are: 

1. What was a 12 year-old doing near the border where there are tunnels with explosives?  

2. Who else was with him? 

3.Why was he brought to such a dangerous place, or why did go there on his own? 

4. What proof do we have that his death is associated with border activity? 

5. How can we be certain that this is not another pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey attempt, as has been done before?
- Michelle Cohen

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Gunfire from Israeli forces killed a Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, local medics said, during border clashes with Palestinian militants.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a militant group, said its gunmen had engaged in a gun battle with an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer which had crossed over the border into the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medics said the boy, aged 12, was hit by machinegun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks.

The Israeli military said its forces, which had entered some 100 to 200 metres (yards) inside Gaza, came under fire and responded by firing at "suspicious locations".

"Terrorists opened fire at IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence," military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said.

An Israeli soldier was then lightly wounded when a tunnel containing a large amount of explosives detonated near the border fence, Leibovich said.

Israeli incursions into the enclave, run by the Islamist Hamas group, are usually aimed at searching for tunnels that could be used by militants to enter Israeli territory to wage attacks.

Leibovich said the military did not know who had dug the 4-metre (13 ft)-deep tunnel - which she said was the biggest Israeli forces has seen in recent years - or if the explosives had been detonated deliberately.

Asked about the boy's death, she said: "I cannot confirm that we targeted anyone. We don't have any information at all."

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Robin Pomeroy)

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