Palestinian terrorist forces operating out of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip fired several mortar shells toward the Israeli coastal town of Ashkelon on Monday evening. A small kibbutz on the outskirts of Ashkelon was hit by the barrage, and one person was wounded by shrapnel.
It was the first mortar attack from Gaza in months.
On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a young Palestinian Arab man who as trying to stab them in the biblical Judean town of Hebron.
A small number of Jews continue to live in the city that was once capital of David's kingdom, but are beset on all sides by hostile Arab elements.