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.

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.

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.

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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.