IAF strikes four targets in Gaza

Response to mortar attack on Tuesday; injured 2 IDF soldiers.

August 18, 2010 06:28
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Palestinian security forces from Hamas check the damage in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Str

Gaza 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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The IAF struck four targets, including smuggling tunnels, in Gaza overnight on Tuesday. The strikes were reported to have targeted areas believed to have been  used to launch rockets into Israel.

No injuries were reported.

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Clashes between the IDF and Palestinian terrorists along the Gaza border intensified earlier on Tuesday, when two IDF soldiers were slightly injured by mortar fire near the security fence in southern Gaza .

The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

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IDF forces returned fire in the area that the two mortar shells were fired from.

The Salah al-Din Brigade claimed responsibility for the mortar fire on Tuesday.

The Salah al-Din Brigade is the armed wing of Gaza terrorist group, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).

Tuesday's incident took place in the same area where an IDF soldier was slightly wounded in clashes with Palestinians on Monday

The soldier, from the Armored Corps, was part of a force that intercepted two Palestinians who were trying to lay a bomb along the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip.

The force detected the Palestinians and opened fire, killing one of them. In response, sniper fire was opened and the soldier was wounded and evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

It is still not clear who was responsible for the blast.

Following the incident, two rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, exploding in the Eshkol area in the western Negev. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused in Monday's rocket fire.

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