Errant Tank Fire From Egypt Hits Building in Southern Israel

Tank shell caused damage to the civilian building but no casualties, Israeli army investigating the incident

File photo: An IDF tank on Israel's border with Syria, November 19, 2019.
Gil Eliahu

An Egyptian tank mistakenly fired a shell at a civilian building in Israeli territory, the Israeli army said Tuesday afternoon.

The army identified the Egyptian shell only after it damaged the building, which the Eshkol Regional Council said is located in the Bnei Netzarim community, within its territory on Israel's border with Gaza. The army said that there were no casualties, and that the incident is under investigation.  

The Egyptian shell, November 26, 2019.
Eshkol Regional Council

On Monday evening, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory landed in an open area of the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no damage or casualties. It marked the first rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since two rockets were launched in the direction of the city of Be'er Sheva on November 15. That incident followed a cease-fire that ended the last round of fighting in Gaza, in which about 450 projectiles were fired at Israel.