Barrage of Kassams strike Negev Staff
Soldiers kill Palestinian gunman in Gaza Strip firefight.
Palestinian fired four Kassam rockets at the western Negev on Saturday, a day after several other rockets hit Israel. All of them landed in open areas, causing no injuries or damage. The IDF said early Saturday that a Palestinian man killed during an operation in the Gaza Strip had been armed, and his death was the result of a clash between soldiers and terror operatives. Earlier, Palestinian sources reported that a 50-year-old civilian had been killed shortly after troops moved into Gaza through the Sufa cargo crossing. Soldiers were searching fields and homes when the man was shot shortly after exiting his home on his way to morning prayers. Clashes between IDF troops and Palestinians in Gaza have continued consistently all week. On Friday, a firefight erupted between Palestinian gunmen and IDF units operating in the southern Gaza Strip. One Palestinian was reported wounded. The IDF operation was intended to locate tunnels being used for weapons smuggling from Egypt to Gaza. IDF troops operating elsewhere in Gaza on Friday also reported coming under fire, but there were no casualties. Meanwhile, one person suffered light shrapnel wounds and others were in shock after two Kassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Sderot on Friday evening, hitting an apartment building. A spokesman for the Sderot Municipality said that the city's early warning system had been triggered shortly before the rockets landed. Earlier in the day, three Kassams struck Sderot and Ashkelon. There were no reports of wounded or damage. In addition, a barrage of five mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip landed harmlessly near the security fence.
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