Two serious incidents of truce violation occurred over the weekend on Israel’s Gaza border.
Early Friday morning, Palestinian terrorists fired two anti-tank rockets at Israeli troops patrolling the security fence near the Gaza border, near Kibbutz Nir Oz, opposite the Gaza town of Khan Yunis.
No Israeli soldiers were injured.â€¨
The incident occurred when the troops, combat soldiers from the Israeli Paratroopers Brigade, spotted a group of armed terrorists attempting to plant a bomb near the security fence and began to approach it. At that moment, the rockets were fired. In response, the troops opened fire on the terrorists, driving them from the area.
Additional troops combed the area, searching for more bombs. Palestinian sources told the MAAN Palestinian news agency that following the gunfire, Apache helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles flew over the city of Khan Yunis. They also reported that IDF troops fired into Gaza, but it resulted in no casualties.
This was the first incident of rocket fire at IDF troops since the June truce was signed approximately four months ago. Since the agreement went into effect, approximately 15 explosives have been found along the Gaza border fence, and approximately 50 rockets and mortar shells have been launched.â€¨
On Saturday at noon, a rocket was seen being launched from the town of Beit Hanoun in Gaza toward Israel. Its landing site was spotted north of Sderot. However, searches of the area did not reveal the place where the rocket fell.
David Bedein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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