5 IDF soldiers injured near Khan Younis in Gaza

A view of a tunnel dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

A view of a tunnel dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Apparent Hamas mortar attack targets Israelis attempting to blow up terror tunnel; two soldiers in moderate condition

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Five Israeli soldiers were injured late Thursday night in what appeared to be a mortar attack east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. Two of the soldiers were reportedly in moderate condition, and the rest were lightly injured.

Israeli Radio reported that the soldiers were preparing to blow up a major tunnel that was exposed two weeks ago when they came under fire from Hamas fighters. They were within 100 meters of the Kissufim checkpoint between Israel and the Strip, on the Gazan side, according to Walla News.

 All five were evacuated via helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

At least one member of Hamas’s armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, was killed, according to the terror group, when the IDF replied with tank fire. Some reports indicated that two Hamas men were killed, and that the Israelis also fired on the terrorists from IAF helicopters.

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