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IDF Worker Killed Near Gaza, PM Promises Response

Civilian worker fixing Gaza security fence shot by sniper, pronounced dead at Be'er Sheva's Soroka Hospital.
By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 12/24/2013, 1:21 PM

Shooting victim evacuated (file)
Shooting victim evacuated (file)
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A civilian worker for the IDF was shot fatally by sniper fire near Gaza, where he was working between Nachal Oz and Kfar Aza. The worker was evacuated to Be'er Sheva's Soroka Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The worker was fixing the security fence that was revealed to have holes and damage in it, caused by the recent snow and rainstorm. Soldiers have reported that repairs have been slow or non-existent, creating a security threat.

The victim has been identified as 22 year-old Salah Shukri Abu Latif, from the Israeli Arab town of Rahat.

The IDF is searching the area to find suspects involved in the incident.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released a statement saying the attack is "a very severe incident and we will not sit idly by. Our policy has always been foiling attacks and responding forcefully to them. We'll do so in this case as well."

MK Yoni Chetboun (Jewish Home) said in response to the attack "the series of terror in the recent weeks leads to one clear conclusion - the motivation of terrorist organizations is only growing."

"This is not a classic intifada, there's a new template of 'trickling terror' here," commented Chetboun. "The clear conclusion and code word is deterrence. Security forces must make surgical strikes to remove and hit the terror centers. Otherwise, the trickle will turn into a flood."

As MK Chetboun mentioned, the attack is part of a recent string of terrorist violence. Statistics released Monday show that terror attacks have spiked in November as peace talks resumed.

On Monday afternoon a police officer was stabbed by an Arab terrorist. The officer's condition has stabilized following surgery, in what doctors described as a great miracle given that the 15 centimeter (6 inch) knife struck very close to the officer’s heart and other vital organs.

Additionally a firebomb was thrown at a Nazareth resident's car Monday evening. No injuries or damage was reported.

On Sunday, a bomb exploded on a Bat Yam bus. Only one person was wounded, as the alert driver and passengers were able to spot the danger before it was too late.

Meanwhile on Saturday the IDF shot and wounded a terrorist in Gaza who was trying to conceal an explosive on the security fence.

The incident came just a day after clashes on the Gazan border Friday, in which terrorists threw rocks at soldiers by the border near Beit Hanun and fired a mortar which, according to reports, hit the Shaar HaNegev regional council.

In response to the Bat Yam bombing, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), who is responsible for the ongoing peace talks, said the terrorism should be ignored and talks should continue.