Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired more than 35 rockets and mortar shells at communities in southern Israel on Wednesday morning in response to an overnight operation by Israeli troops to destroy a terrorist tunnel.
Two women and a teenage girl were treated for shock as a result of the rocket barrage, but no physical injuries or damage were reported.
The attack was launched just hours after a small Israeli incursion force moved about 100 yards into the Gaza Strip to destroy a tunnel they had detected terrorists digging under the border for the purpose of abducting Israelis.
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded and five terrorists were killed during the brief operation.
Despite the eruption of violence, both Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers said they remain committed to a ceasefire that has been in place, but often violated by the Palestinians, since June 19.
In other violence, a 20-year-old Israeli man was stabbed and moderately wounded on a back road south of Jerusalem Tuesday evening. The identity of the assailant is unknown, but police are relatively certain the motive was nationalistic.
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