Sunday, March 24, 2019

IDF Tank Hits 2 Hamas Posts After Cross-Border Attacks

IDF tank strikes 2 Hamas posts after cross-border attacks

An Israeli tank targeted two Hamas posts along the Gaza border on Sunday night, following a number of cross-border attacks throughout the day, the military said.
“An Israel Defense Forces tank attacked a military post belonging to the Hamas terror group in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to explosive devices that were thrown [at the security fence] and balloons carrying explosive devices that were launched throughout the evening,” the army said in a statement.
A short while later, the military said it had conducted a second tank strike on a Hamas post in response to continued border violence.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian injuries, but the Strip’s Red Crescent emergency medical service said one of their ambulances was damaged in the IDF’s first strike.
On Sunday afternoon, a shepherd was lightly injured by a balloon-borne incendiary device flown, into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, local authorities said.
The object landed in an open field in the Eshkol region. It was at least the second such device of the day to touch down in Israel from the Strip, following a particularly violent Saturday night along the Gaza border.
The Bedouin shepherd who was standing nearby sustained burns to his hand, an Eshkol spokesperson said, calling for people to contact security officials in such cases.
He was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center and treated before being released home, a hospital spokesperson said.
The incident was one of the few cases of a person being directly injured by the thousands of incendiary and explosive devices that have been launched into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip over the past year.
A short while later, an explosive device that was also apparently flown into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip detonated in a community in the Sha’ar Hanegev region.
The explosive device appeared to have been sent into the community by a cluster of balloons from the Gaza Strip, but this had yet to be confirmed, the regional spokesperson said.

On Sunday morning, a suspected explosive device landed in a field in the nearby Sha’ar Hanegev region.

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