Top Israeli general nearly hit by Palestinian mortar

Monday, April 14, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian mortar crews operating out of the northern Gaza Strip nearly scored what they certainly would have presented as a major victory on Sunday when their shells landed dangerously close to a top Israeli general and his entourage.

Three mortar shells struck just 65 feet from Southern Command chief Brig.-Gen. Yoav Galant as he and other officials, including the head of the local regional council, were touring southwestern Israel to determine the severity of the daily threat posed by Palestinian mortar crews to Israeli farmers.

All members of the group quickly entered portable shelters placed at the site ahead of time by the army.

Regional Council head Haim Yalin said the incident had very clearly demonstrated for the military leadership the dangers of daily life for Israeli farmers laboring in Gaza's shadow.

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