Israeli wounded in mortar attack on Negev (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet reporters Published: 12.09.10, 00:00)
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Shell fired by Gaza terrorists hits Eshkol Regional Council; man
evacuated to hospital with light injuries
An Israeli man sustained light wounds Wednesday night when a mortar
fired from northern Gaza exploded in the western Negev´s Eshkol
The man was evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba with
injuries to his upper body after he was treated by IDF forces at the
Council officials said a total of five shells were launched from the
Hamas-ruled territory, adding that residents in the area were
instructed to enter secure rooms.
The mortar attack occurred at around 11 pm.
A resident living in one of the communities hit by the mortar shells
said: "We were in the middle of watching ´Big Brother´ when suddenly
the mortar shells hit. We couldn´t tell where they´d hit exactly so
we starting making phone calls. That´s when we realized the head of
security was injured. Now the entire community is on lockdown, the
residents are in fortified rooms. We´re not too stirred up by all of
this but on the other had we´re not taking this lightly, we know it´s
dangerous. No one expected the shooting will end, we can still hear
Head of the Eshkol Regional Council Chaim Yalin said: "The shooting
doesn´t surprise anyone. With all the peace and quiet the government
promises Palestinian communities – this is what we get."
Earlier Wednesday, a mortar fired from Gaza landed near a kibbutz in
the western Negev, damaging a home. There were no reports of injury.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told paratroopers from the
202nd Battalion on Wednesday that "the situation in Gaza is volatile
"We´ve witnessed a deterioration and the planting of numerous bombs
along the border," he said. "There will be more incidents here; the
fighting near the security fence will continue and we must be
prepared, perhaps to operate on a broader level.
"The next round (of fighting) will be extensive and it should end in
such a way where there is no doubt as to which side triumphed," the
army chief told the soldiers.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning Israeli aircraft bombed a
weapons cache and an arms smuggling tunnel in south Gaza. The army
said direct hits were identified. There were no reports of injuries
in the strike.
The army explained that the attack was a response to the firing of
rockets and mortar shells into Israel in the past two weeks, saying
it viewed Hamas as solely responsible for the situation in Gaza.
Ilana Curiel and Hanan Greenberg contributed to the report (Copyright
2010 © Yedioth Internet 12/09/10)
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