IDF attacks militant cell trying to bomb troops on Gaza border
Soldiers open fire on militants laying explosives, IAF later bombs car as perpetrators attempt to flee area.
An Israel Air Force helicopter on Monday attacked a group of Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip as they attempted to flee the border area where they had been planting explosives aimed against Israeli troops.
The Israeli soldiers stationed near the Kissufim border crossing opened fire on the militants laying the explosives, and the IAF subsequently bombed the militants' car as they tried to escape.
Neither the soldiers nor the militants sustained any casualties.
Shortly after the incident, a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. Later Monday afternoon, another rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into the same area. There were no casualties or damages reported in either incident.
Gaza militants on Sunday fired two mortar rounds Israel Defense Forces soldiers operating in the Kissufim area. The soldiers responded by opening fire on the militants.
A Qassam rocket hit the western Negev earlier on Sunday. There were no casualties or damages reported in either incident on Sunday.
On Saturday, a rocket struck Ashkelon, a day after Gaza militants fired 10 mortar shells and a Qassam rocket into the western Negev on Friday.
The strikes came amid an apparent stalemate in Gaza Strip truce negotiations, following Israel's demand that a cease-fire be linked to the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.