Three IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Sunday and a fourth suffered from shock when a mortar shell hit a medical clinic in a military base near Gaza. The three are a female paramedic, an ambulance driver and a combat medic. All were hit by shrapnel, and the paramedic also suffered a broken bone.
The shell was part of a five-shell salvo fired by Gaza terrorists Sunday evening. A previous salvo consisted of at least eight shells: two went off inside one of the Jewish communities in the Gaza perimeter, five exploded next to the same community, and one hit near the security fence.
No one was hurt and no damage was caused in that salvo.
New terrorists on the block
A group known as the Salah a-Din Brigades announced last week that it would launch a rocket and mortar campaign against Israel as retaliation for the Annapolis conference.
According to Channel 2, another newly arrived group has begun firing rockets at Israel from Gaza: Fatah al-Islam, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda and was involved in prolonged fighting with the Lebanese army earli
"It is possible to immediately import an anti-rocket weapon system with 100% accuracy from the U.S. that will intercept these rockets."
er this year at Nahr el-Bared.
Alon Shuster, head of the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, said Sunday: "It is possible to immediately import an anti-rocket weapon system with 100% accuracy from the U.S. that will intercept these rockets. I call upon the government to deploy this weapon as soon as possible."
IDF has 'freer rein'
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the cabinet Sunday that he has given the IDF freer rein in responding to Hamas rocket fire on Israel. 22 terrorists were killed in IDF aerial and ground attacks last week.
Military sources said last week that an IDF attack on a Hamas terrorist position in Khan Yunis which killed two was the first sign of a new policy regarding Gaza terrorists. From now on, they said, the IAF will attack a random Hamas target in Gaza every time a mortar shell or rocket hits an Israeli community, and will no longer limit itself to striking the terrorists who launched the rockets.
They said that the IDF has now established that Hamas is behind all of the terror emanating from Gaza and will thus retaliate against Hamas targets regardless of which organization takes credit for terror attacks.