IDF soldier lightly hurt by explosive device near Gaza

Injured soldier evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba after device explodes near tank; attack follows IAF strikes on Gaza.

July 7, 2011 09:49
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IDF soldiers near the Gaza border

IDF soldiers near Gaza border 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

An IDF soldier was lightly injured by an explosive device that blew up near his tank on the Gaza border on Thursday.

The injured soldier was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba with shrapnel wounds.

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The IDF had originally reported that the soldier had been injured by an anti-tank missile.

The attack came after the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked a terrorist tunnel in northern Gaza overnight Tuesday. Precise hits were identified in the attack, and all IAF aircraft returned safely to their bases, according to an IDF statement. Gaza sources said there were no casualties in the strike.

Earlier Tuesday, two Palestinians were killed after the IAF bombed a Global Jihad terror cell preparing to launch a rocket into Israel in the central Gaza Strip.

The attack was a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation and the two Palestinians killed were identified as Mohammed Said and Kamal Abu Moamer, two known Global Jihad operatives based in the southern Gaza Strip. Security officials said that the two were attacked as they were preparing to launch a rocket into Israel.

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