Gaza terrorists fire mortar shells (file)
Gaza terrorists fire mortar shells (file)Flash 90

A foreign worker in southern Israel has been killed after being hit by a mortar round fired from the Gaza Strip, police said on Wednesday.

"There was a foreign worker killed by a mortar," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, bringing the number of civilians in Israel killed by Gaza fire to three after 16 days of Operation Pillar of Defense, launched by the IDF to stop rocket fire on Israeli civilians from Gaza.

The victim, a Thai national, was fatally wounded in an attack on a community in the Eshkol Region, which borders Gaza and has been subjected to regular mortar and rocket fire by terrorists for over a decade.

Around 650 Palestinians and 29 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in the Gaza fighting which began on July 8.