Daily Israel Report

Thai Worker Killed Last Night, Shelling of Gaza Continues

The Arab bombardment of Gush Katif continues, and the Jewish residents now blame not only the government, but also the army, for the lack of response.
First Publish: 12/15/2004, 11:02 AM / Last Update: 12/14/2004, 6:34 PM

A female worker from Thailand was killed last night in a mortar shell attack in Gadid, in southern Gush Katif. Three other Thai workers were wounded in the attack. The woman was airlifted to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, but died of her wounds en-route.

In addition to the 13 mortar shells fired at Gaza’s Jewish communities yesterday (Tuesday),
several more were fired this morning. Two Kassam rockets hit the community of Ganei Tal, while N'vei Dekalim was shelled several times; no one was hurt.

IDF officials say the army is operating against the terrorist infrastructure in the area, but the residents say it's not enough. Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg said that the IDF Southern District has "decreed on itself an astonishing measure of restraint, one that should earn it a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. And all this is simply to facilitate the upcoming elections in the Palestinian Authority between murderer A and murderer B. The problem is that the army's strategy is to 'defend' and not to 'win' – which means, of course, that it will not succeed even in 'defending.'" Gush Katif residents mentioned Southern District Commander Gen. Dan Har'el as directly responsible for the situation.

Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 30 mortar shells, rockets and anti-tank weapons at Israeli targets in southern Gaza over the past week. One barrage of mortar shells seriously wounded a 7-year-old boy last Friday in N'vei Dekalim. After an operation on his chest and lungs area, he recovered very quickly, and returned home yesterday.

A unique Chanukah menorah was lit in N'vei Dekalim during the holiday. It was constructed using the remains of mortar shells and rockets fired into the community over the past weeks and months. “Despite all, we will continue to spread light where there is darkness,” a participant in the lighting ceremony told Arutz-7.