Gaza rocket kills Israeli civilian, Hamas infiltrators wound IDF soldiers

Beduin man killed in rocket attack on South; Hamas terrorists enter Israel via underground tunnel, head toward Israeli community; 4 soldiers wounded in crossfire; IAF strikes terrorists who escaped back into Gaza.

(SOURCE)   One Israeli civilian died after sustaining critical injuries from a rocket attack near Dimona on Saturday afternoon. Four other people, including two young children, were wounded in the attack and were evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment.

Continuous rocket fire bombarded southern Israel throughout the day as the IDF entered a third day of its ground operation in Gaza.

Paramedics pronounced the death of the Beduin man in his 30s after resuscitation attempts at the scene.

The IDF blames Hamas for the recent volley of rocket fire that killed Israel’s second civilian casualty in the recent conflict. The military vowed to continue its operation in Gaza with “determination and intensity.” 

On Saturday morning, a Hamas terrorist squad entered Israel through a smuggling tunnel from the central Gaza Strip and headed towards an Israeli community.

The cell encountered an IDF patrol, and an exchange of fire ensued. One terrorist was killed and four IDF soldiers were wounded.

Two soldiers were moderately wounded and taken to hospital, two others sustained light injuries.

The Air Force on Saturday afternoon struck members of the cell after they escaped back into Gaza. The IDF said an attempt to murder Israeli civilians was thwarted.

Hamas had said earlier on Saturday morning that its operatives were exchanging fire with IDF forces within Israeli lines, and claimed to have caused injuries.

“Our fighters are operating behind enemy lines. There are injuries on the other side,” Hamas claimed.

The IDF did not initially confirm the reports.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said during a visit to Ashdod that there were clashes between IDF soldiers and terrorists on the Gaza border.

Sniper fire in the northern Gaza Strip wounded an IDF soldier on Saturday morning, the military confirmed.

Due to the security situation, the Home Front Command prohibited travel in the Eshkol Regional Council.

The IDF on Saturday pressed ahead with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinian militants kept firing rockets deep into Israel’s heartland.

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