Daily Israel Report

IDF Takes Action In Gaza

Several Kassam rockets were fired once again on the Negev town of Sderot this morning - for the fourth time in six days.
First Publish: 5/14/2003, 12:29 PM

Several Kassam rockets were fired once again on the Negev town of Sderot this morning - for the fourth time in six days. One hit a factory in the city's industrial zone, another rocket landed next to the local religious school, and security forces searched for the impact zone of a third rocket. Three people suffered from smoke inhalation following yesterday's attack, two women were lightly hurt in Sunday's attack, and two people were hurt on Friday.

In response to the increasing number of rocket attacks against Sderot and Gush Katif, the IDF took action last night against the PA-controlled city of Khan Yunis in Gaza and environs - source of the Kassams and mortar shells. The eight-hour operation began with helicopter strikes on targets in the city, and continued with the entry of troops, tanks and bulldozers into Khan Yunis. Some 30 Arabs were wounded, including a cell throwing grenades that was hit by a helicopter strike, and no Israelis were hurt. Two buildings used for attacks against Israel were destroyed.

Near the isolated Jewish community of Netzarim in Gaza early this morning, four PA "policemen" - armed and dressed in civilian clothes - were shot and killed as they approached the town's fence. The would-be infiltrators did not hearken to the soldiers' calls to stop.

In other Oslo War news in Gaza, a soldier was stabbed and lightly wounded by an Arab near the army's Gadid position last night. The IDF put the area on high alert as its forces gave chase, but the alert was canceled when the terrorist was seen returning to Khan Yunis.