Two soldiers hurt in stone-throwing attacks

More Kassams fired from Gaza; no casualties reported.

IDF troops 224.88 (photo credit: AP [file])
IDF troops 224.88
(photo credit: AP [file])
Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded by rocks thrown by Palestinians in two separate incidents in the West Bank Thursday afternoon. An officer was lightly wounded after being attacked near Bethlehem, and around an hour later, a soldier was also struck by rocks thrown at IDF forces operating in Slafit, south-east of Kalkilya. The officer was treated by medics at the scene, while the second solider was evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. In both cases, IDF soldiers swept the area after the attacks, searching for the assailants. Meanwhile, Kassam rockets continued to be fired toward communities in the western Negev, with two landing in open areas near Sderot in the early morning, and one landing near the Sufa Crossing near the southern part of the Gaza Strip. One rocket also landed near a western Negev community in the early evening. Nobody was wounded in any of the attacks, and no damage was reported. Overnight, two rockets were fired near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, not far from the Karni Crossing, south of Erez. In that attack, damage was caused to a building. Following the morning rocket strikes, IAF aircraft attacked a Kassam rocket-launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip. The IDF confirmed hitting the cell, which they said was preparing to launch rockets towards Sderot. It was not immediately known whether anybody was wounded in the attack. Also on the Gaza border, Palestinians opened fire at an IDF patrol that was traveling on the route beside the security fence. In that incident as well, no casualties or damage were reported.