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6 Soldiers Wounded by Mortar Shells as Sirens Sound in Jerusalem

During the past hour, sirens sounded in the capital city and its surrounding regions, No casualties or property damage reported.
By Talia Blatman
First Publish: 7/29/2014, 9:14 PM

IDF soldier on the border with northern Gaza
IDF soldier on the border with northern Gaza
Reuters

Six soldiers were wounded on Tuesday evening by a barrage of mortar shells in the Gaza Region. The condition of the six wounded soldiers has not yet been made public.

Yesterday, four soldiers were killed by mortar shells near Israel’s border with Gaza: Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliahu Chaim Kachlon, aged 22 from Tzfat; Corporal Meidan Maimon Bitton, aged 20 from Netivot; Corporal Niran Cohen, aged 20 from Tiberias; and Sergeant Major Adi Brigga, aged 23 from Beit Shikmah.

Earlier on Tuesday night, at around 8:20 p.m. sirens were heard in Beit Shemesh, the communities comprising the Mateh Yehudah region, and even as far as the Jerusalem Hills region and some communities in the center of Gush Etzion, south of the capital.

One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Jerusalem. At this time, it is unclear as to whether more rockets were struck down by the missile defense system, or where they exploded.

Meanwhile, regardless of Palestinian bickering over a possible ceasefire, fighting continued to rage between IDF forces and Islamist terrorists in Gaza Tuesday , with the Israeli Air Force striking several targets, including the home of Hamas's leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh.

Ground forces continued to clash with terrorists as well, with at least five terrorists shot dead after being intercepted by soldiers from the Givati Brigade as they emerged from a "terror tunnel" inside Gaza.