zondag 30 november 2008

8 IDF-soldaten gewond bij mortieraanval op West-Negev

Dit ondanks dat Hamas had gezegd dat er overeenstemming was onder de Palestijnse facties het staakt-het-vuren voort te zetten.


Last update - 01:10 29/11/2008 
Eight IDF soldiers wounded in mortar barrage on western Negev

By Amos Harel and Yanir Yagna, Haaretz Correspondents, and News Agencies

Eight Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded Friday evening, two seriously, after mortars fired by Gaza Strip militants hit a military base near Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the western Negev.

The soldiers were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva and to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the small Popular Resistance Committees, an ally of the Islamic Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. The military base is located near a fuel terminal that supplies much-needed gasoline and cooking fuel to impoverished Gaza.

According to the Israeli military, Palestinian militants fired a total of 11 mortars at southern Israel from Gaza on Friday. Three of them landed at the base, the military said.

The mortar barrage came after earlier on Friday an IDF patrol clashed with Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nir Oz, killing at least one.

The violence is further marring a 5-month-old truce between Israel and Gaza militants that began breaking down in early November.

Israel has responded to mortar and rocket attacks from Gaza by tightening its blockade of the coast strip. Only small shipments of aid and fuel are currently allowed into Gaza, deepening the hardship there.

Israel says cargo crossings won't open until militants halt rocket fire at Israeli towns.

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