Snipers from Gaza opened fire on Israeli civilian vehicles at the Yad Mordechai
junction in the South on Monday evening.
Bullets shattered the back
windscreen of one vehicle, leaving broken glass on the empty car seat of a
seven-month- old baby. A building also sustained damage in the attack. The IDF
said 10 bullets were fired at the car in total.
The IDF declared an
elevated state of alert near Gaza border communities after the shooting.
Following a scan of the area by security forces, the IDF returned the state of
alert to normal.
On its Facebook page, the IDF Spokesman’s Office posted
a message under the title, “Firing on babies, Hamas’s true face.” Displaying a
description and photo of the shooting, the message read: “Imagine this picture
if God forbid the shooting had taken place a few minutes earlier, when the
infant was sitting in the seat. The IDF will not allow the harming of innocent
babies and the citizens of Israel.”
Officers from the Sderot police
station also visited the shooting scene.
Most Palestinian terror attacks
from Gaza take the form of rockets, shell fire or attempts to cross the border,
though snipers have in the past targeted Israeli farmers working their
Terrorists in Gaza murdered a 16-year-old Israeli in April 2011 by
firing a shoulder-held anti-tank missile at a yellow school bus on the Israeli
side of the border. Soldiers in the area returned fire in the direction of the
The IDF said that it would not hesitate to act with
determination against any elements that use terrorism against the residents of
Israel, and said that it holds Hamas responsible for the
Subsequent to the sniper fire attack, terrorists fired a Kassam
rocket from Gaza into the Ashkelon Regional Council area on Monday, Israel Radio
reported. There were no injuries or damage reported.