PA Attacks on Negev Kibbutz Result in More IDF Retaliation

The IDF killed two Gaza terrorists in retaliation for another terror attack Wednesday on Kibbutz Nir Oz, the second in a week.

Hana Levi Julian ,

The picturesque fields of Nir Oz
The picturesque fields of Nir Oz
Israel News Photo: (archive)

Israel Air Force pilots were back in the skies above Gaza on Wednesday, pounding terrorist positions in the wake of more attacks on southern Israeli communities.

Shortly after 12:00 noon, IAF aircraft struck a terrorist cell that launched a mortar attack against Kibbutz Nir Oz earlier in the morning killing one terrorist. Nir Oz is where a 51-year-old factory worker was killed by mortar fire less than a week before.

IDF ground troops also continued to carry out counterterrorism operations in central Gaza, killing an armed gunman.

PA sources said a six-year-old girl was also killed when a nearby house was destroyed by a tank shell. The IDF could not confirm the report, but said that soldiers opened fire at terrorists who launched mortar shells at Israeli civilians possibly killing the third terrorist in the day's offensives. PA sources said two other people were injured in the exchange as well.

The clashes followed a day in which terrorists fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells at Israeli communities.

Mortar Attacks Return to the Paint Factory
Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza launched a mortar attack on the same Negev kibbutz paint factory where a shell killed Amnon Rozenberg, a member of nearby Kibbutz Nirim and a husband and father of three.

The attack on Kibbutz Nir Oz caused an explosion that set off a fire in the plant and sent two men to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva with light shrapnel wounds. Both were listed in good condition.

At least six mortar shells were fired at the Gaza Belt region during the morning as the Security Cabinet met in Jerusalem to decide on a course of action in response to the increasingly deadly rocket and mortar attacks on civilians in the western Negev.

Angry residents of Sderot demonstrated across from the Prime Minister's Office to protest the government's postponing of an all-out military offensive to silence the Arab rocket attacks.