Middle East

Gaza rocket hurts four Israeli soldiers: army

Israeli soldiers search for a rocket after it was fired from Gaza and landed in the West Bank November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

JERUSALEM: A rocket fired by militants in the Gaza Strip lightly wounded four Israeli soldiers on Saturday, the army said, with military sources adding they were "inside a building" at the time.

"Three soldiers were wounded by a rocket which hit the Eshkol regional council," a military spokeswoman said, referring to an area along the southern flank of Israel's border with Gaza.

The official later updated the figure to four, saying all of them "were lightly injured". A military source said: "They were inside a building at the time".

The announcement coincided with a claim by Hamas militants who said they had fired mortar shells at a "position" in Reim, an Israeli community in the Eshkol regional council which lies eight kilometres (five miles) from the central Gaza Strip.

"At 10:00 am (0800 GMT), the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades hit the Reim position with five mortar shells," it said, without elaborating.

Another three soldiers were injured by rocket fire on Thursday as well as 16 civilians, and three people were killed when a rocket hit a house in Netivot on the same day.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here