It starts: 'Palestinian' terrorists escalate in Gaza
The incident started with what I have been told (from inside sources) were two Kornet anti-tank missiles being fired at an IDF jeep patrolling along the Gaza security fence. Four IDF soldiers were injured, two of them seriously. There are rumors going around that one of them is dead, God forbid, but the IDF will never admit that one of its soldiers is dead until the family has been informed.
The attack on the jeep was followed by IDF retaliation, which killed four 'Palestinians,' and on Saturday night, we have had a barrage of rockets coming from Gaza, reaching as far north as Ashdod.
Eighteen rockets fell, according to the IDF, though Channel 10 reported a total of 25 rockets, including eight long-range rockets, landing at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council area and the Be'er Tuviya area. No injuries or damage were reported.
At least one of the long-range Grad rockets was intercepted near Ashdod by the Iron Dome, according to the IDF.
Earlier on Saturday, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep carrying out an ordinary patrol on the Israeli side of the border, striking the vehicle directly and injuring four soldiers.
One soldier was in serious condition with a head injury, one is moderately wounded, and two are lightly injured. They were airlifted to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.
Immediately afterwards, tanks opened fire on the area from which the missile was fired. Tanks also fired on pre-selected targets in the Sa'ajiya area of Gaza near Nahal Oz. Palestinian sources said four people were killed in the return fire, and 25 others were injured.
Following the incident, the IDF asked Gaza envelope residents in the Eshkol region and in Sha'ar Hanegev to be within 15 seconds away from shelters, Army Radio reported.
Islamic Jihad is believed to be behind the latest attack. The IDF views the incident as a severe escalation, and as part of a wider, stepped-up terrorist initiative to target its forces along the border.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz is due to hold an evaluation in the coming hours. "This is the second serious incident in a few days along the border," a senior army source said.The IDF needs to reestablish deterrence, and there is already talk here of another Cast Lead-type operation like in December 2008 - January 2009. Like that last time, it would have wall to wall support. Our government needs to show that it will not allow the Obama administration to prevent it from defending us against 'Palestinian' terrorism.
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