IAF attacks Gaza targets in response to shooting of Defense Ministry employee
A civilian employee of the Defense Ministry was killed by a Palestinian gun attack on the Gaza – Israel border on Tuesday. He was identified as Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, 22, from Rahat.
The IAF attacked targets in Gaza in response for the shooting, striking two Hamas training camps, Reuters quoted witnesses as saying.
Army sources confirmed that the cross-border shooting on the border with northern Gaza resulted in one injured man. He was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba where he later succumbed to his wounds. Latyef was a tractor driver carrying out work on the Gaza border fence.
“The incident occurred very close to the border,” one security source said.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded soon after the sniper attack, calling it a “very grave incident” that Israel will not let go unanswered.
“Our policy up until now has been to prevent beforehand and to react with force, and this is how we will act now as well,” he said.
Netanyahu made his comment as he was just about to fly back to Jerusalem from Sderot, where he went Tuesday to dedicate the new Tel Aviv-Sderot train line.
An IDF spokesman said that the military had limited the access of farmers working in the immediate vicinity of the fence in the aftermath of the attack.
In a separate incident, a Palestinian youth who approached the fence on the border with northern Gaza entered the closed security zone, and ignored calls by soldiers to vacate the area. He was shot in the leg and evacuated to a Gazan hospital by the Red Crescent. …read more
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