An IDF Officer, Major Mor Yehuda Elarz, 25, from Kiryat Ata, an additional soldier, and a female civilian were killed this evening in a shooting attack near the Kissufim roadblock. The families of the fallen have been notified.

In addition, two other soldiers were injured and evacuated to receive medical treatment in hospital.

In response to the attack, the IDF attacked the structure of the Palestinian Special Police in the city of Ramallah and the Palestinian Military Intelligence building in the city of Rafiah. Additionally, the Gaza – Khan Yunis road was closed to Palestinian traffic at the Netzarim, Kfar Darom and Gush Katif junctions.

At approximately 7 p.m. today, a Palestinian terrorist arrived at the Kissufim Road in the Gaza Strip and opened fire in an ambush of an Israeli vehicle on its way to Gush Katif. The passenger of the vehicle was shot and killed. An IDF force that arrived at the scene opened fire towards the terrorist and an exchange of fire ensured during which the terrorist also threw grenades. The terrorist was shot and killed by the IDF force.

The IDF Spokesperson emphasizes that the IDF will use whatever means necessary in order to protect the lives of Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers.