In addition, Border Guard Sgt. Nir Kahane, 20, of Kiryat Tivon, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist Thursday afternoon at the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. "He could have chosen a non-combat position," his father said, "but he wanted to do something significant that would contribute." Nir, a middle child, is survived by his parents and two brothers. The funeral is set for Friday afternoon in Kiryat Tivon, near Haifa.
The 29-year-old murderer, from a village near Ramallah, is in custody. IDF Binyamin Brigade Commander Mickey Edelstein said that the attack was an exploitation of Israel's humanitarian gestures at Jerusalem checkpoints. The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the murder, which resulted in the closing of the checkpoint.
Several rockets and mortar shells were fired from Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled Gaza at targets in the western Negev. No damage or injuries were reported, though a rocket earlier on Thursday narrowly missed farm workers in Moshav Yesha.
Despite repeated Israeli warnings of an "unprecedented response", IDF artillery fire was directed at empty fields in Gaza, in the area from which the rockets are launched.
Thursday evening's enemy barrage came shortly after the IDF fired a missile into a building in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza, killing at least two Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorists in the targeted killing. Arab sources reported that a third terrorist died of his wounds. The IDF said the terrorists, belonging to a branch of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah organization, were involved in rocket attacks and were planning another assault on Israel.
One of the terrorists killed in the IDF operation was Iyad Mahmad Abdullah Kadas, who was involved in planning dozens of terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings and shootings, in cooperation with the Popular Resistance Committee and Hamas. He served as the assistant to Hassan Mad'hun, a senior terrorist in the group who was killed in an IDF operation last month.