Monday, Tuesday War News: IDF Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded By Arab Bomb on Gaza Border, Barak Vows Retaliation, Only 250 Civilian Gaza Fatalities in War; 28 Terrorists Nabbed in 2 Nights, 17 Nabbed for Stonings

IDF Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb on Gaza Border [at Kissufim], Yaakov Katz (Jerusalem Post)


An IDF non-commissioned officer was killed on Tuesday morning when a roadside bomb planted by Gaza operatives along Israel’s border with the Strip detonated under the army vehicle he was traveling in.

Another officer was seriously wounded and two soldiers were lightly hurt in the incident near the Kissufim crossing, the army said.

The casualties were evauated to Soroka.

The family of the fatality requested that neither his name nor his photo be published.

Following the incident, the IDF fired at several targets inside Gaza and IAF helicopters were spotted hovering over the Strip. Palestinians reported that several people were wounded when IDF tank shells hit residential buildings in the Strip.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the incident “severe” and promised an Israeli response. Barak, who was touring the Ze’elim base in the South, would not say what the nature or extent of the response to the attack would be.

The defense minister told reservists that despite the “massive hit” suffered by Hamas during Operation Cast Lead, there was still a constant threat of attacks along the border with Gaza, “or even an incident that we will have to respond to.”

Barak Vows to Retaliate Kissufim Attack, by Hanan Greenberg (Ynet)

Egypt Blocks Iranian Ship at Suez Canal

IDF: Only 250 of Gaza Fatalities Were Civilians, by Hanan Greenberg (Ynet)

Terrorist Roundup Nets Nine [northwest of Ramallah. One was arrested [Bethlehem and Ramallah, Sothwest of Bethlehem, Northwest of Ramallah, Northwest of Hevron]

Bus Driver Reports Gunshots

17 Arrested for Stoning Israeli Cars Near Bethlehem

19 PA Fugitives Arrested Overnight [During Counterterrorist Operations Throughout Judea and Samaria]