IDF Responds to Shooting Attack With Strike on Hamas Post

YERUSHALAYIM -
IDF tanks redeploy in South Israel along the border with Gaza (background). (Miriam Alster/Flash90, file)

Shots were fired at IDF troops doing work near the Gaza security fence Sunday morning, causing damage to a military engineering vehicle but no injuries, the army said.

In response, an army tank shelled a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

The shots struck a heavy engineering vehicle, a D9 bulldozer, but, b’chasdei Shamayim, no soldiers were injured, the army said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the gunfire.

According to Palestinian media, the Hamas post was located east of Rafiach, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Some Palestinian reports said that none were wounded in the IDF’s retaliatory strike, while others said there was one wounded.

Israel regularly sends engineering vehicles to the buffer zone near the security fence to ensure the area remains clear of barriers and booby traps.

The attack marked a rare flare-up along the tense border that has remained largely quiet since a bloody 50-day war between Israel and Gaza terrorists  in the summer of 2014.

Israel typically responds to any fire toward it, holding Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for all attacks emanating from the territory.