Daily Israel Report

Gaza Sends Mortar Shell for Purim

Terrorists in the Hamas-run Gaza enclave fired a single mortar shell into Israel as Jews celebrate national salvation on the Purim holiday.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 3/8/2012, 1:39 PM

Terrorists fire mortar shells
Terrorists fire mortar shells
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Terrorists in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip fired a mortar into southern Israel on Thursday morning.

The mortar shell which exploded in an open field in the Eshkol Regional Council, which borders Gaza and is frequently targeted in terror attacks.

The attack did not cause any physical injuries or property damage.

"A mortar was fired in the general direction of a kibbutz, it didn't cause injuries or damage," Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Hamas in Gaza claims to maintain a truce with Israel, but allows its terror confederates in the coastal enclave to routinely launch regular rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli communities.

The IDF confirmed the attack and its commitment to the security of Israel's citizens in the south. A military response may be forthcoming.

However, Israel's strategic paradigm of airstrikes-for-rockets has faced mounting criticism from military analysts as perpetuating the poor security situation that marks Israel's Gaza-belt region.

IDF commanders and senior security officials increasingly say a major ground operation targeting Hamas' terror infrastructure in Gaza will prove "inevitable."