Israeli Homes Hit By Gunfire from Gaza

Residents of Hof Ashkelon region alarmed, but IDF says light weapons fire from Gaza result of Hamas 'training drills,' not a terror attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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Two houses in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel was lightly damaged by gunfire from Gaza Wednesday afternoon.

After an initial investigation, the IDF said the gunfire - which left several bullet holes on the Israeli home - was not the result of a terrorist attack but stray fire from a Hamas training drill near the border with Israel.

At approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday Israeli residents reported hearing the sounds of light weapons fire from Gaza, and soon discovered the damage in their town.

Though the gunfire was likely not purposefully directed towards the Israeli town, it could well have proven deadly nonetheless.

In one of the homes hit, the bullets shattered several windows, while in the other it struck the wall of a room where a father was watching TV with his children.

Fortunately, however, no injuries were reported.

Hof Ashkelon Mayor Yair Farjoun issued a statement in response to the latest incident, calling on the government to provide security for residents of southern Israel.

"We can no longer put up with a real threat to our lives," he said.

"I demand the government take immediate measures to eradicate all threats to the lives of the citizens of Israel. No more patience and routine emergencies."




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