Four military use-projectiles fired from the northern Gaza Strip hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council this afternoon. A short while later at roughly 16:00, the IDF responded to the attack by firing mortars directly at the launch site.
Initial reports indicate that terrorists were among the injured. Regrettably, uninvolved civilians were also present at the site and were injured. The Civil Administration offered medical assistance to those injured and the assistance is being coordinated with the Palestinian Authority in both Ramallah and Gaza.
The IDF regrets the involvement of civilians in this incident, however it must be noted that the Hamas terrorist organization chooses to operate from within its civilian population and use them as “human shields”.
The circumstances of this incident are being investigated.
It is important to note that since this past weekend over 60 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza, 50 on Saturday and 7 over the course of today. The rockets launched from Gaza caused property damage as well as some injuries.
The IDF does not seek any sort of escalation in the south, the sole purpose of all IDF activity in the area is to thwart terrorist activities emanating from Gaza and which threaten the lives of civilians living in the area.