Two soldiers wounded by gunfire on Gaza border; IDF hits Hamas post, killing 2

One soldier in moderate condition, female soldier lightly hurt; several thousand protest in weekly demonstration; army nabs Gazan armed with knife who breached border fence

picture taken from the Palestinian side of the border shows troop treating two wounded IDF soldiers after they were shot by a sniper on May 3, 2019

Jacob Magid reports in Times of Israel, “The IDF said Friday that two soldiers were wounded when shots were fired at troops during the weekly riots along the Gaza Strip border. Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas post in response, killing two Palestinians and wounding two others, Palestinian sources said.”

“One soldier was moderately wounded and a female soldier was lightly hurt, the IDF said. Both were evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka hospital in Beersheba. Media reports said the soldier, an officer and a tracker, had a gunshot wound in the thigh, while the female soldier was hit by shrapnel. The army said the soldiers were part of a patrol near the border in the southern Gaza Strip when it had come under sniper fire. In response to the shooting an IDF aircraft attacked a nearby Hamas post, the army said.”

“The incidents, which marked a serious escalation, came during the weekly border protests where several thousand Gazans gathered at five sites. Some of the demonstrators were rioting, throwing rocks and makeshift explosive devices at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.” (more…)

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