Gaza border attack:
Seriously wounded soldier starts breathing on his own

Condition of soldier seriously wounded in Gaza border explosion improves. Hospital says he's regained consciousness, in moderate condition.

Mordechai Sones,

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Soroka Medical Center reported today that the condition of one of the soldiers who was seriously wounded in the attack on the Gaza Strip border had improved. He is now conscious and breathing on his own. His condition is now defined as moderate.

The condition of another wounded soldier continues to be serious. He is being sedated and is on a respirator in a general intensive care unit. Two other wounded are in moderate condition.

A hidden roadside bomb detonated Saturday afternoon near IDF Golani Brigade forces patrolling the Gaza-Israel border fence.

The soldiers approached a flag attached to the fence, setting off the bomb, which seems to have been buried there during Arab protests, which acted as cover, on Friday.

An IDF source said the detonation occurred at 3:40p.m. In a statement, an IDF spokesperson confirmed that two IDF soldiers were severely injured in the blast. A third IDF soldier was lightly injured in the blast, and a fourth was moderately injured.

Israeli fighter jets attacked terrorist targets in Gaza overnight Saturday, in response to recent terrorist attacks, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.

The statement also said that during the air strikes, incoming rocket sirens were heard in southern Israel. These sirens were false alarms and no rockets had been fired toward Israeli territory, it stressed.

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According to the statement, eight additional targets were attacked in a military compound in the Netzarim area belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, including the infrastructure for the manufacture of weapons and training.

In total, 18 terrorist targets belonging to Hamas have been attacked by Israel since Saturday evening.

"The IDF views with great severity the attempt of the Hamas terrorist organization to carry out seemingly spontaneous demonstrations intended to turn the border fence area into a confrontation zone and carry out acts of terror that will destabilize Gaza,” the IDF said.

"Hamas is responsible for the event and its ramifications, as well as for everything that occurs inside and outside Gaza, above and below the ground," the statement said.

The “Color Red” incoming rocket siren was heard at about 3:00 a.m. in many localities in southern Israel, including Ashkelon, Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council, the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

Earlier on Saturday night, a rocket was fired from Gaza and hit a home in one of the communities in the Shaar Hanegev area. There were no injuries but the house was damaged.

The rocket hit the roof of the home while the family was inside, but miraculously it did not explode.

Also on Saturday night, IDF fighter jets attacked Hamas terror targets in Gaza, in retaliation for an incident earlier in the day in which four IDF soldiers were injured when an explosive detonated as they patrolled near the Gaza border.

The soldiers were transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, and their families were notified.