A brigade commander in the IDF paratroops barely escaped alive when a Gazan terrorist’s bullet tore a gaping hole in his helmet during violent disorders at the border on Tuesday.
B’chasdei Shamayim, the officer was only lightly wounded, as the helmet stopped the bullet from penetrating and killing him. He was evacuated to a Saroka hospital in Beersheva for treatment.
At the time, hundreds of Palestinians were hurling stones at Israeli troops and trying to breach the security fence, the army said.
In response to the shooting, an IDF tank shelled a Hamas military position near the security fence, killing at least one and wounding two others, according to Palestinian medical sources. Hamas confirmed the three Palestinian casualties as its members.