3 soldiers wounded, Muslim terrorist eliminated in shooting attack on Gaza border
Three IDF soldiers were wounded and a Muslim terrorist was eliminated in a shooting attack on the Gaza border early Thursday morning.
The initial investigation into the shooting attack found that a Muslim terrorist was identified by troops at 2am approaching the border fence and attempting to invade Israel near the Kissufim area.
The Muslim terrorist, who was wearing a Hamas uniform and was armed with grenades and a Kalashnikov, opened fire at Golani troops who were deployed to the area, moderately injuring an officer.
In addition, the terrorist threw at least one grenade towards the force, lightly wounded two other soldiers. One of the soldiers was wounded by shrapnel and the other one in his eardrum from his own firing.
They were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva for medical treatment and their families have been notified.
The IDF said it shelled a nearby Hamas target as part of the fire exchange.
Following the terror attack, a tank attacked a Hamas outpost east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.
Arabs reported that many shots were heard and Israeli aircrafts dropped dozens of flares in southern Gaza.
Soroka hospital said that the moderately wounded soldier underwent surgery and is recovering, adding that the two others will be released in the next few hours.
The IDF said the Muslim terrorist, identified as Hani Abu Salah, was eliminated during a shoot-out with the soldiers. He belonged to a Hamas unit responsible for restraining border terrorism along the security border fence, including unauthorized launching of rockets and invasions into Israeli territory.