IDF soldier lightly wounded by rocks in Kalandiya

Earlier, shots fired at border police patrol near Kalandiya; Kassams hit South; IDF officials say weapons smuggling continuing in Gaza.

kalandia checkpoint 298 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
kalandia checkpoint 298
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
An IDF soldier was lightly wounded late Friday evening south of Ramallah after Palestinians threw rocks at troops who were conducting a sweep of the area. The soldier received first aid at the scene. The soldiers were searching the Kalandiya refugee camp for the person or people who shot at a border police patrol earlier Friday evening. None of the police were wounded in the shooting. Meanwhile, Army Radio reported on Friday IDF officials saying that despite the supposed cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, weapons smuggling continued in the Rafah and Philadelphi Corridor areas. Nevertheless, the Security Cabinet will convene on Sunday to discuss extending the Gaza Strip cease-fire to the West Bank. Security officials are expected to present their findings about the continued weapons smuggling and for the continuation of IDF operations in the West Bank. A senior security official told Israel Radio that if the IDF ceased its arrest operations, the Palestinian organizations would reestablish the terror cells in short order and would perpetrate terror attacks on Israeli targets. The official's remarks came after two Kassam rockets were fired early Friday morning at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The first landed in open territory outside Sderot, while the second landed within the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No casualties or damage were reported as a result of either attack.