An IDF (Zahal) officer was severely wounded a short while ago, while on a routine patrol adjacent to the security fence in the central Gaza Strip. The officer received first aid treatment on scene and was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital for further medical care.

Terror organizations continue their relentless attempts to harm Israeli civilians and IDF (Zahal) soldiers by using the area adjacent to the security fence for laying explosive devices and attempting to execute terror attacks. Just a week ago, an explosive device was detonated against IDF (Zahal) soldiers patrolling along the same area of the security fence in the central Gaza Strip, damaging a military vehicle.

The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.