Two Qassam rockets were fired at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday morning on December 13, the second day of Chanukkah. One rocket exploded in an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no reports of damage or injury. The other rocket fell within the Strip’s territory.
Sunday’s attack may have been in response to the incident in which 50-year-old Palestinian farmer Sami Abu-Hossa was reportedly killed by IDF fire near the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. He was evacuated in critical condition to a nearby hospital, where he died of his wounds. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated that an IDF patrol had been fired upon, and that soldiers returned fire to the area from which it emerged but had not recognized a hit. No IDF soldiers were injured in the incident.
Earlier the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s military wing, announced that their operatives had fired on an IDF patrol near the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Last week, the IDF published data on the situation at the Gaza border, almost a year after the conclusion of Operation Cast Lead. The data showed that since the last of the soldiers left the Strip in January, 242 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel – a 90% drop since before the operation. In the past year there have been 91 attempted attacks against soldiers at the border, and the IDF struck 143 targets in the Strip.
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