Earlier today, December 24, 2014, a sniper opened fire on an IDF (Zahal) routine patrol on the Israeli side of the southern border with Gaza. A soldier from the Bedouin Desert Reconnaissance Battalion was injured in the attack. He suffered a severe chest injury and was evacuated to a hospital for further medical treatment. The soldier’s family has been notified.
In response, IDF (Zahal) air and ground forces targeted Hamas positions in the immediate vicinity of the attack. Israeli farmers have been ordered to evacuate the area for their personal safety until further notice..
“This attack, the second of this week, is a lethal violation of the relative quiet along the Gaza border and is a blatant breach of Israel’s sovereignty,” said IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF (Zahal) will continue to use all necessary means in order to maintain the safety of the citizens of southern Israel and will not hesitate to respond to any attempt to harm IDF (Zahal) soldiers.”
Soldiers of the IDF (Zahal) Desert Reconnaissance Battalion train near the Gaza border.
This incident took place in the wake of recent attacks from the Palestinian coastal enclave towards Israeli soil.
On December 19, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel. The projective fell in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. Following the rocket attack, the IDF (Zahal) retaliated by targeting a Hamas terrorist facility in southern Gaza.
Similarly, on November 27, an IDF (Zahal) vehicle near the Gaza border was fired upon during routine patrol. Fortunately, the attack did not result in any injuries. The IDF (Zahal) retaliated by targeting the source of the attack.
Just four months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza terrorists are seemingly increasing their activity and rearming themselves. The IDF (Zahal) will remain vigilant against all threats and respond to any violence emanating from the Gaza Strip.