Hamas published a video early Tuesday showing a civilian bus carrying IDF soldiers being hit by an antitank missile and erupting into flames on Monday, moments after dozens of soldiers had disembarked from the vehicle.
The attack on the bus traveling near the Gaza border set off a massive flareup of violence that has seen more than 300 rockets fired at Israel and massive retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza by Israel.
The attack, however, could have had a much higher injury or death toll. According to reports, the bus had minutes earlier been filled with soldiers, but b’chasdei Shamayim was empty at the time it was hit.
The soldier who was injured was apparently standing outside the bus when the antitank missile was fired from the Gaza Strip.
The bus, which had no markings identifying it as military, had just pulled out of the Black Arrow memorial near Kibbutz Kfar Azza, several miles from the Gaza border, when it was hit.
The 19-year-old IDF soldier was taken to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center in unstable condition, with injuries throughout his body.
The bus driver, 25, was taken to the hospital after he suffered a panic attack, medics said.
In the video published by Hamas, several soldiers are seen walking around as the bus is parked near the memorial site.
The terror group appeared to stalk the bus for several minutes before firing the missile.
Once it pulls out of the forested area and is fully exposed to the Strip, the missile is fired, hitting the bus and setting it on fire.
A doctor at the Soroka Medical Center said the soldier had arrived in life-threatening condition, but had undergone surgery and was expected to be moved to the ICU.