Gaza Militants Launch Anti-tank Missile at Bus, Israeli Soldier Gravely Wounded

Palestinian factions say Kornet missile used to target bus in which 19-year-old soldier was traveling

A bus set ablaze after it was hit by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip, near the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, November 12, 2018

A 19-year-old Israeli soldier sustained serious wounds on Monday after Palestinian militants launched an anti-tank missile at a bus near the Gaza border.

The bus was traveling in the regional council of Sha'ar Hanegev. The soldier was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, along with the 25-year-old driver, who suffered from shock.

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The Palestinian factions released a statement later on Monday, saying that "the factions' fighters succeeded in attacking a bus full of soldiers with a Kornet missile." The statement also claimed the attack resulted in the death and injuries of the soldiers on the bus. The IDF, however, said in a statement that only one soldier was wounded.

The missile launch was one of the opening salvos which quickly escalated on Monday afternoon. By Monday evening, Gaza militants launched some 200 rockets at Israel, while the Israeli army struck more than 70 targets throughout the Gaza Strip. Three Palestinians were reportedly killed.