Heavy machine gun fire out of Gaza

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 |  Netanel Doron

Israel was attacked from the Gaza Strip on monday after more than one week of silence. However, this time it was different. Palestinian snipers shot a volley of seven 15mm projectiles to Yad Mordechai, hitting several cars and damaging restaurants and stores. Orly Halevi, who was dining in one of the restaurants, told the newspaper IsraelHayom it was a sheer miracle no one was hurt.

Apart from that, two mortar shells were fired on a Jewish town at the edge of the Gaza Strip but they ended up striking a Palestinian area near the Israeli border. Initially, the police were of the opinion that those were 12.7 mm projectiles, however, their range of fire is only about 2 km. The range of the 15 mm projectiles is much higher und they were fired on Israel in the past as well. According to the police the blind attack was not target oriented since there is no free line of sight for targeting out of the Gaza Strip to Yad Mordechai.

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