Israelis Wounded in Rocket Attacks and Jerusalem Stabbing

Over the past 24 hours: Arab terrorists in Gaza fired several Kassam rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns, a woman was stabbed in a Jerusalem park, and a soldier was hurt by a mortar shell.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 8:04 PM

Thursday afternoon, a soldier was lightly wounded by shrapnel - the result of an Arab-fired mortar shell at an IDF base just north of Gaza. The IDF responded with artillery fire towards the Gaza area from which the shell was fired.

On Wednesday evening, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket and mortar shell in the direction of the major city of Ashkelon. The shells knocked out power in Netiv HaAsarah and wounded at least one person. Five others were treated for shock following the attack, and a car and home were damaged.

Another mortar shell fell near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, halfway between northern Gaza and the Ashkelon power station. The power station serves the entire southern part of the country.

In Jerusalem Wednesday evening, an Arab terrorist stabbed a young woman in Gan HaPa’amon (Liberty Bell Park) in the capital. The victim suffered light-to-moderate wounds. Police arrested a suspect near the Old City's Jaffa Gate who was caught with a knife and fresh bloodstains on his clothing.

In another incident on Wednesday, army sappers neutralized a 25-kilogram (55-pound) bomb near the Karni crossing in northern Gaza. The crossing was opened for three days in honor of the Id El-Fitr holiday, to allow Israeli-Arabs to visit first-degree relatives in Gaza.

Though the IDF delivered a limited artillery response to the rocket attacks, residents of Israeli communities within firing range of Gaza are outraged at the government’s failure to protect them. They accuse ministers of ignoring the intelligence warnings of increased attacks following the retreat from Gaza.

Despite talking tough, Israel has not yet retaliated with anything that can be termed an “unprecedented military response,” as had been promised by both Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz in the event of rocket attacks following the implementation of the Disengagement Plan.